Most illnesses that people suffer from will occur in stages. People who diabetes might have Type 1 or Type 2. People with breast cancer might be in the first or the fourth stage of it. The same is true for people who suffer from bipolar disorder. It helps to know the different types and to understand which one you or someone you know falls under. In that way you will have an easier time understanding why it is happening and the right treatment to use.
Bipolar I can be identified by the manic episodes or mixed episodes that people have. A mixed episode is a combination of symptoms from mania and depression that will occur anywhere between once a week to every day. This is considered by health experts to be the most severe type of bipolar disorder because the manic episodes are so extreme.
The Bipolar II can be recognized by the one or more manic episodes or mixed episodes or major depressive episodes. Doctors will be able to diagnose this when the patient has one or more major depressive episode and one hypomania episode.
Hypomania is the highs that the patient will experience. It is not uncommon for doctors to diagnose patients with major depression rather than bipolar disorder. That is why you must express to the doctor that you will have level moods in between the episodes.
This is a milder type of bipolar disorder that can be recognized by the hypomanic episdoes and the bouts of depression. This is not as worrisome because the periods of depression that they experience are not as severe. It is possible that people with this form of the disorder will only have episodes every couple of years. Understand though that it is possible for them to become more frequent as time passes.
People who have four or more hypomanic, manic, or depressive episodes during a year time period will often be diagnosed with rapid cycling. This is usually considered to be a temporary condition for most people.
Mixed State Bipolar Disorder
People who suffer from this type of bipolar disorder will often experience symptoms of mania, hypomania, and depression at the same time. They might become impulsive, irritable, and have periods of insomnia all at the same time. This can be severe because it will cause thoughts of suicide, panic attacks, and cause them to become addicted to drugs or alcohol as a means of escape.