What are the Types of Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar I Disorder
Victims with bipolar I disorder shows at least one manic episode along with one or more depression episode. Bipolar I disorder is common in men and women equally. With men, mostly the first episode is mania, however with women; the first episode is usually major depression.
Bipolar II Disorder
Victims with bipolar II disorder experience major depression. The victim also experiences hypomania instead of mania. When a victim has hypomania, victim shows signs of uncontrolled energy, impulsiveness, and exhilaration. However the mood which is exhibited during hypomania is not as extreme as full-fledged mania condition, the victims never experience any kind of delusions or hallucinations during their episodes of hypomania. Unlike bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder is seen very common in women. This is because, with men, numbers of hypomanic episodes are generally equal or greater than the number of depressive episodes. With women, depressive episodes are usually dominant.
Victim with cyclothymic disorder shows mild form of bipolar disorder. Victim shows lower level of mood swings and lower level of episodes shifting from hypomania to mild depression.
Rapid-Cycling Bipolar Disorder
Unlike cyclothymic disorder, rapid cycling bipolar disorder exhibits rapid mood change as the name implies. On occasions, victim with rapid cycling bipolar disorder undergoes 4+ episodes of major mania, hypomania, depression or mixed symptoms during a year’s time. Few victims’ experiences experience 1+ episode in a week or even within a day. Rapid cycling bipolar disorder is most common among victims who had their first episode during the childhood. It is seems more commonly in women.