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What are depressive episodes like for people with bipolar II disorder?

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When someone with bipolar II disorder is in a depressive episode, it's just like depression in anyone else. Symptoms can include feeling sad or down, not getting pleasure from things they enjoy, having less energy, having feelings of guilt or worthlessness. Some people may even think of suicide. Depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder can last weeks, months, or rarely years.

From: Bipolar II Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Moore, D. 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."



Handbook of Medical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 07, 2017

SOURCES: Moore, D. 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."



Handbook of Medical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 07, 2017

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