Do you feel like you can transition from feeling euphoric and like anything’s possible to the depths of depression just like that? Suppose this is a pattern you’ve noticed where you’re full of ideas and energy one minute and hopeless and defeated the next. In that case, you may have a condition called bipolar II.
Dr. Amy Carnall and Cristina Sertway, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, diagnose and treat people living with bipolar II so it’s well-managed and you can return to a functional life and engage in relationships in a healthier way.
Bipolar II is treatable. At Clarity Psychiatric Care, we are partners in your care — you’re not alone.
Bipolar disorder is an umbrella term for three types of brain disorders that cause significant shifts in mood.
Bipolar I is characterized by extended periods of intense high and low moods. People living with bipolar I can even put themselves in danger during manic phases when their spirits are very high. They're likely to be diagnosed during a manic episode.
Bipolar II causes a person to have mood swings, but rather than manic episodes, they experience less serious hypomanic episodes. They’re typically diagnosed during a depressive episode.
Finally, cyclothymic disorder is the least intense type of bipolar disorder. While hypomanic and depressive episodes typically last longer, the symptoms aren’t as life-altering as those of bipolar I and II.
The manic and depressive symptoms that define episodes are diverse. During a hypomanic episode, you may:
On the other end of the spectrum, a depressive episode could include:
When you’re in a hypomanic episode, you might engage in self-destructive behaviors, like having sex with someone on a whim or compulsive shopping and spending.
The majority of people living with bipolar II are more frequently in a depressive state as opposed to a hypomanic state.
Fortunately, the Clarity Psychiatric Care team has a range of treatments to relieve your bipolar II symptoms and bring balance back to your life. Since we tailor your treatment to meet your unique symptoms and needs, it usually consists of a mixture of complementary treatment approaches, including:
Getting compassionate and appropriate treatment for bipolar II is critical, and we’re here to help.
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