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How does bipolar I disorder differ from other types of bipolar I disorder?

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People with bipolar I disorder have full episodes of mania. These are periods of often severe, extremely "high" moods and behaviors. These manic symptoms can lead to serious disruptions in life.

In people with bipolar II disorder, the symptoms of elevated mood never reach full-blown mania. They often pass for extreme cheerfulness, even making someone a lot of fun to be around -- the "life of the party." Not so bad, you might think -- except bipolar II disorder usually involves extensive and disabling periods of depression.

SOURCES:
Moore, D. Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, Mosby, 2004.
National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder." 
Medical News Today: "Study Identifies Predictors Of Bipolar Disorders Risk."
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Bipolar Disorder -- What Increases Your Risk."
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

SOURCES:
Moore, D. Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, Mosby, 2004.
National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder." 
Medical News Today: "Study Identifies Predictors Of Bipolar Disorders Risk."
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Bipolar Disorder -- What Increases Your Risk."
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

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