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Bipolar I. This is the classic form of the illness. It causes episodes of mania
and depression that keep coming back. The depression may last for a short time or for months. You may
then go back to feeling normal for a time, or you may go right into a manic
Bipolar II. With this form, you will have depression just as in bipolar I. But the manic highs are less severe (hypomania). People with bipolar II have
more depressive lows than hypomanic highs.
Some people may have bipolar disorder with mixed
symptoms. Their highs and lows of mania and depression occur together. This makes the disorder challenging to treat and very frustrating for you and
for those around you. It can also lead to hospitalization if your daily
functioning becomes impaired.
If you have rapid-cycling
bipolar disorder, you may have at least four episodes of depression,
mania, or both within a 12-month period. You may go directly from a low to a high. Or you may have a short time lapse between
the two extreme moods.