Bipolar Disorder is an illness that affects a person’s moods, energy, activity levels, concentration, and ability to do the day-to-day tasks that need to be done. However, not all bipolar Disorder is the same. There are different types of bipolar.

Types of bipolar

There are three different levels or types of Bipolar Disorder. They include:

  • Bipolar Disorder I – involves manic episodes that last at least seven days or are so bad the person needs to be immediately admitted to the hospital for care. Also, depressive moods last at least two weeks. It is also possible to experience both high (manic) and low (depressed) episodes simultaneously.
  • Bipolar Disorder II – involves both manic and depressed moods but is not as involved as bipolar I.
  • Bipolar Disorder III has both highs and lows lasting about two years but is not strong enough to meet the diagnostic conditions for manic and depressive incidents.

Bipolar is usually diagnosed during teens or early adulthood; but, it can also appear during a woman’s pregnancy or soon after the child is born.

What are the symptoms of bipolar?

The symptoms of bipolar include:

Manic or hypomanic symptoms

The manic or hypomanic episode requires at least three of these:

  • Unusually cheerful, jittery, or wired
  • Increased motion, get-up-and-go, or excitement
  • Inflated sense of well-being and delight
  • Lack of sleep
  • Unusually chatty
  • Racing thoughts
  • Lack of focus
  • Lack of sound decision-making —going on shopping sprees, taking part in risky sexual behavior, or making unwise investments

Major depressive episode

Major depressive episodes will include five or more of these symptoms:

  • Glum mood, feelings of sadness, hollowness, hopeless or weepy
  • Lack of interest or having no pleasure in interests
  • A significant change in weight – loss when not dieting, weight gain, or lack of or increase in appetite
  • Either lack of or too much sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Slower behavior
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • Feeling that you are not worthy or feelings of guilt
  • Decreased ability to think or focus, or make decisions
  • Thinking about, planning, or attempting suicide

Treatment plan

Treatment plans will usually use both medication and psychotherapy and work for most people, even those with severe forms of Bipolar Disorder.

At 449 Recovery, bipolar Disorder is one of the many illnesses we treat. Our therapists can help you with your treatment plan. Contact us today 855-735-7449