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Bipolar Disorder Type I and Type II
Understanding The Difference Between Bipolar Disorder Type I and Type II

Bipolar is a type of mental illness that is characterized by episodes of mood disturbances when the person experiences either mania or depression. There are two types of the condition known as bipolar type I and II. Bipolar type I involves depression and mania whereas bipolar II involves hypomania, a less extreme form of mania.

Symptoms of Bipolar

Depressive Episodes

When a person suffers from the depressive side of the bipolar spectrum, they are likely to display the following symptoms:

  • Insomnia or the opposite, hypersomnia
  • Inexplicable emotional outbursts
  • Severe fatigue or exhaustion
  • Apathy or loss of interest in previously enjoyed pursuits
  • Suicidal thoughts

Manic Episodes

The mania of bipolar can last for at least a week, during which time the individual may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Unexplained euphoria
  • Restlessness and a reduced need for sleep
  • Increased sexual appetite
  • Delusions and hallucinations
  • Extreme increase in energy levels

When someone experiences a manic episode, they may get involved in risk-taking behavior that is out of character for them. However, it is worth noting that mania does not always result in aggressive or violent behavior.

It is important that people seek treatment for both types of bipolar as they are long-term conditions with the potential for significant impact on quality of life. Once the symptoms of a mental illness have been recognized, it is then possible to reach out to centers such as CASA Recovery for help in achieving long-term recovery.

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When a person is suffering a mental health condition, including bipolar disorder, they often become withdrawn from others for fear of being misunderstood. CASA Recovery offers individuals a bespoke route to recovery at our outpatient mental health facility in California. Find out more about mental health rehab in Orange County by contacting CASA Recovery today.

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