Help please! Is bipolar disorder the same as bipolar spectrum disorder?

Yes and no. Bipolar spectrum disorder is a term used by some psychiatrists to describe a range of severity of bipolar disorder that is possible and seen clinically. However, it is not an accepted diagnostic term for use in medical records.
Not exactly. Bipolar specrum disorder describes varying disorders which have changes to mood & energy level in common. The word bipolar disorder is often used to described bipolar i disorder which is the most severe of the bipolar conditions.

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My psychiatrist said I'm on the BiPolar spectrum, was that her indirect way of saying that I have BiPolar Disorder please?

Difference. Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. Read more...

I just took a bipolar spectrum disorder and was wondering. How does bipolar disorder affect me and the people around me and can you it be controlled?

It can be treated. I assume you mean that you or someone you know was diagnosed with bipolar d/o. Left untreated, it can wreak havoc in your life and those around you. Peopl with this disorder tend to be very impulsive and feel invincible. It is a treatable disorder. Please see your mental health specialist for further evaluation and treatment. He or she can go over treatment options including meds with you. Read more...
Don't self diagnose. I agree with dr. Cho, just want to add... Make sure that you don't diagnose yourself. Bipolar disorder is serious and needs to be treated seriously. Sometimes people think they are bipolar because they are moody or are going through something. Bipolar is different. But if you or someone you know is having trouble with moods, you can get good treatment for that as well. Best wishes. Read more...