Types of Bipolar Disorder

Mental Health

There are many types of bipolar disorder:  bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymia (cyclothymic disorder), mixed bipolar, and rapid cycling.  All types of bipolar disorder include some degree of mania and depression.

Bipolar I disorder is the most severe form of bipolar disorder.  Some days you may feel extremely high (mania) and other days terribly low (depression).  These feelings usually interrupt your everyday life.

Bipolar II disorder is a milder form of the illness.  The mood swings are not as severe as bipolar I.  Those with bipolar II are said to experience periods of hypomania (mild mania) and depression.

Cyclothymia has even milder mood changes than bipolar I and bipolar II.

If you have symptoms of mania and depression at the same time or one right after the other, this is called mixed bipolar disorder.

If you have four or more episodes of mania or depression within a year, this is called rapid cycling.

Doctors diagnose bipolar disorder looking at the length, severity, and frequency of one’s symptoms.

If you suspect you have bipolar disorder, please share your symptoms with your health care provider.

2 Responses to “Types of Bipolar Disorder”

  1. Brenda Thompson Says:

    my 25 yr old daughter is bipolar.but hers swing into a high and a second later she is so mean and on a war path for who knows what.I just dont know what cat.she fits in,or to help her…thankyou

  2. admin Says:

    Hi Brenda,

    Mood swings are very common in bipolar disorder. The illness actually gets it’s name because sufferers go back and forth between the two (bi) states of mania and depression (poles).

    Your daughter’s mood swings are probably uncomfortable for you at times, but I’m sure they are really uncomfortable for her.

    When you have bipolar disorder, it’s difficult to control your emotions– your emotions end up controlling you. Sufferers are at the mercy of their bodies to feel and experience whatever their body is telling them to experience in the moment.

    There is hope for your daughter. Especially if her bipolar disorder is caused by a hormonal imbalance.

    I suffered from symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but now I live symptom-free because I take progesterone. It took a few months for me to fully recover and it was hard, but it’s been worth it.

    I recovered by following the late Dr. John Lee’s protocol for hormone balance. He gave 3 rules:

    Rule 1: Take progesterone only if you need it (if your levels are measurably low or if you have clear symptoms).
    Rule 2: Take bioidentical progesterone instead of synthetic progestins
    Rule 3: Take progesterone in physiological (the amounts a healthy body makes) amounts only

    After reading Dr. Lee’s symptoms list found here, it was clear my body had a progesterone deficiency.

    So after that, I followed steps 2 and 3 and my symptoms cleared up. I haven’t looked back.

    Your daughter can follow this protocol too, but only under a doctor’s care.

    If your daughter is taking psychiatric medications, she needs to continue taking them as prescribed and work on balancing her hormones at the same time. Only your daughter’s prescribing doctor can wean her off her medications if/when necessary.

    In the meantime, I would encourage you to contact local mental health organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) for support.

    Keep educating yourself and keep fighting for your daughter’s life!

    Good luck to both of you!