Is Bipolar Bipolar

Stress and anxiety on a daily basis may be linked to Bipolar disorder. Bipolar is a common mental illness in the United States. What most people don't know is that there are multiple types of the disorder, thus multiple types of treatments. 

Bipolar I is a more severe type of Bipolar. What sets Bipolar I apart from the others is the fact that it is a recurrent disorder with more than 90% experiancing more then one maniac episode. This means that someone may go from extreme depression to mania and then back to depression, which is why people with Bipolar I are more likely to commit suicide or have multiple suicidal attempts. The episodes of mania are 60-70% likely to be followed by extreme depression, and more then 10% of those with Bipolar I succeed with killing themselves. It is not only the extreme mood swings that are signs of Bipolar I, things such as hallucinations and delusions can also accompany this disorder. Hallucination means that one may see things that are not there, and delusions is when someone believes irrational things to be true. An example of each of these would include seeing something that is not there and believing that no child does wrong whether it be telling a lie or doing drugs.

Bipolar II is very similar to Bipolar I. For instance the rate of suicide is still really high with a percent of 10-15. The thing that sets this apart from the others is it is a less sever form of mania and it does not impair a person's ability to lead a normal life, which maybe hard to believe because with Bipolar II a person will experience more cycles from mania to depression or visa-versa, and there is still major depression. The least severe of all mood disorders is cyclothymiacs disorder because the depression is not as extreme, but in order to tell if one has the disorder symptoms must persist for more then 2 years in adults or 1 year in children.

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