incredible-marketing Arrow

What Is The Difference Between Bipolar Disorder Types?

Bipolar disorder (BPD) is known as a manic-depressive illness – mania may include impulsivity, less need for sleep and euphoric feelings, while depressive episodes may involve hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, and very low energy. If you’ve been diagnosed with BPD, the type that you have should accurately reflect your overall experiences. BPD can make work, home life, and social relationships challenging at times, which is why it’s important to seek treatment after you’ve been diagnosed. Recovery is possible, as there are ways to manage your symptoms.

Type 1: Manic episodes typically last at least 7 days, often with symptoms so severe that a person may need to be hospitalized. Depressive episodes may occur as well, lasting at least 2 weeks.

Type 2: Depressive episodes tend to characterize this type, with hypomanic occurring every once in a while. Hypomania often involves symptoms of mania but much less severe – a person with this type of BPD typically does not experience impaired functioning.

Cyclothymic disorder: Many manic and depressive episodes may be experienced within a 2-year period, but the symptoms are not severe enough to be fully classified as Type 1 or Type 2.

Other: Since each person may experience mental illness differently, some fall slightly out of the range of BPD.

Since manic episodes of BPD tend to involve impulsivity, it’s important to watch out for risky decisions involving sex or substance abuse. A 2015 study published in the Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology found that middle aged men with BPD seem to have the highest prevalence of alcohol use disorder (AUD); some individuals utilize substances to mask their symptoms while others use it simply out of impulsiveness.

If you have been struggling with BPD and substance abuse, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about treatment programs and what may best fit your needs. Recovery is possible, and can drastically change your life by providing you with the skills you need to better manage your symptoms.

The Guest House Ocala specializes in the treatment of trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues. Clinical expertise, a compassionate team, and an outstanding attention to detail ensures each guest’s experience will be customized to their needs. Call us today for information on our residential treatment programs: 1-855-483-7800