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What are the different types of bipolar disorder?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There are three main types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar I disorder is characterized by frequent and disruptive mood swings with severe depression and mania. Bipolar II disorder has less severe mood swings than Bipolar I disorder. In this case, a person experiences hypomania rather than extreme mania and longer periods of mild depression. Cyclothymia is even more mild, with less severe mood highs and lows. Besides these, a person who exhibits bipolar symptoms without qualifying for a full bipolar diagnosis is classified as Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

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