Ten Interesting Facts about Bipolar 2

Bipolar disorder describes a class of mood disorders. People with bipolar 2 experience depression and hypomanic episodes. In between episodes they will be free of symptoms.

Bipolar 2 is a medical condition, just like hypertension and diabetes. People who suffer from bipolar 2 and other types of bipolar cannot just “get it together” and get better. Treatment is required.

No physical tests exist to actually diagnose bipolar 2 or other types of bipolar. For it to be diagnosed, the individual must meet standard criteria after undergoing a medical and psychiatric history, reporting their symptoms, observable behavior, friends and family input, and the family’s medical history.

Bipolar 2 and other types of bipolar disorder can develop in children as young as six years of age. This is largely dependent on whether or not there is a family history of the disease.

Individuals with bipolar 2 are more likely than the average population to abuse drugs and alcohol as a means to self medicate. Drugs and alcohol do NOT cause the disorder.

Bipolar 2 and other types of bipolar can be effectively managed with various treatment methods including therapy and medication.

People with bipolar 2 and other types of bipolar disorder often have to take medication on a regular basis, even when they are not experiencing episodes.

Research indicates that women have more mixed and depressive episodes than men do.

During episodes of depression, children and teens with bipolar are likely to complain of ailments such as stomach aches, tiredness, and headaches, that have no real apparent cause.

Women are much more likely to be misdiagnosed with depression and men are more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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