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Let's Talk about Bipolar Disorder!
Bipolar disorder is a mood swing disorder. Some people joke about being bipolar but we have to understand that this disorder is serious. We have to be mindful of the way we talk about it because we need to take it seriously because someone we know may have it and do not know how to handle it.
“Which of my feelings are real? Which of me's is me? The wild, impulsive, chaotic, energetic, and crazy one? Or the shy, withdrawn, desperate, suicidal, doomed, and tired one? Probably a bit of both, hopefully, much that is neither.” ―Kay Redfield Jamison
There are three types of bipolar disorders. You have Bipolar Type I, Bipolar Type II, and Cyclothymic Disorder, according to the National Insitute of Mental Health.
Bipolar Type I:
defined by manic episodes that last at least 7 days, or by manic symptoms that are so severe that the person needs immediate hospital care. Usually, depressive episodes occur as well, typically lasting at least 2 weeks. Episodes of depression with mixed features (having depressive symptoms and manic symptoms at the same time) are also possible.
Bipolar Type II:
defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, but not the full-blown manic episodes that are typical of Bipolar I Disorder.
defined by periods of hypomanic symptoms as well as periods of depressive symptoms lasting for at least 2 years (1 year in children and adolescents). However, the symptoms do not meet the diagnostic requirements for a hypomanic episode and a depressive episode.
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