Types of Bipolar Disorder
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are three types of bipolar disorder, and all types involve very clear changes in mood. These three types of bipolar disorder include bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, and cyclothymic disorder (cyclothymia). Generally speaking, moods can range from moments of extreme elation, or “up,” and periods of irritability and hopelessness, or “down.”
It is important to note that bipolar II is not a “milder” form of bipolar I. Both require their own diagnosis, and while the manic episodes may not be as severe and dangerous with bipolar II disorder, there may be longer episodes of depression that cause significant harm. Learn more about the different types of bipolar disorder.