Bipolar II is not as severe as Bipolar I because the highs never reach full-blown mania. The less intense moods of bipolar II are called hypomanic episodes. A person with bipolar II has had at least one hypomanic episode, but the bipolar II patient suffers more often from depression.
Those with bipolar II generally live everyday lives between the highs and lows.
Are you at risk of bipolar II?
What are the risks of developing bipolar II?
- Family history of bipolar disorder are at a higher risk for bipolar disorder II
- Certain specified genetics
- Dealing with trauma or high-stress life events
- Drug or alcohol abuse
The symptoms of bipolar II are:
During the highs;
- Going from one idea to another at a fast rate
- Experiencing a great sense of self-confidence
- Rapid uninterruptible speech
- Lower need for sleep having more energy
During the lows, which generally last weeks to months but rarely last for years, you will experience:
- Lack of energy
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities you usually enjoy
- Feeling worthless
- Suicidal thoughts
Because the highs are not full-blown episodes, they can go unnoticed for a long time, which means people do not get the treatment they need.
Treatment for bipolar II is a preventative treatment to help keep moods stabilized. They consist of the following:
- Mood stabilizers
If you add a healthy diet, regular exercise, and meditation, you can help those medications work better for you.
Exercise is an excellent tool as it has several benefits that include reducing stress, blood pressure, and anxiety. It also helps you sleep better and improves your mental mood.
Speak to your physician about bipolar II if you have symptoms, so you can develop a plan that works for you, including a healthy diet and exercise.
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