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Bipolar Illness

Question:

what’s known about manic depressive-2 or bipolar-2 disorder, and what are the symptoms that differ from the know original version, and are there other types of medications that are fast acting, that you can take when you’re going into a pit, or do you need to be on them permanently???

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p>b) I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Is this condition short term or will it be an ongoing part of my life?

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Answer:

Bipolar Disorder II is a subtype of Bipolar illness (also known as Manic Depression). All types of Manic Depression are characterized by alternating mood/thought states that range from euphoric/too-happy/too-energized/psychotic to depressive/suicidal/psychotic. The euphoric states are called “manic episodes” and the depressive states are called “depressive episodes. Some persons also have intermediate states known as “mixed episodes”. Persons with Bipolar I disorder experience full manic states that alternate with full depressive states. Bipolar II disorder is characterized by full depressive episodes that alternate with a “hypomanic” state characterized by expansive mood and energy, but not to the point that it can be called a truly manic state. The term “hypo” means “sub” or “under” – so a hypomanic is a “sub-manic” state.

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p>Whatever their form – Bipolar disorders are serious chronic illnesses that require medical attention on an ongoing basis. Bipolar persons should consider that they would need to be sensitive to their illnesses for the duration of their lifetime. Although each individual’s treatment is different, many persons with bipolar illness are advised by physicians to remain on mood stabilizing medications on a more or less permanent basis. For more information, please see our bipolar resource pages.

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