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Bipolar II Disorder

The distinguishing characteristic of Bipolar II Disorder (manic depression) is the hypomanic episode (as opposed to the manic episodes of Bipolar I Disorder). Major depressive episodes are also part of this type of bipolar disorder.

What is Bipolar II Disorder?
According to the official US definition as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association, Bipolar II Disorder is "characterized by one or more Major Depressive Episodes accompanied by at least one Hypomanic Episode." The key difference between Bipolar I and Bipolar II is that Bipolar II has hypomanic but not manic episodes.

Bipolar II: Mood Swings Without "Manic" Episodes
Psychiatrist James Phelps offers information on Bipolar II, Mixed States, Cyclothymia, "anxious depression" and more. Some of his descriptions extend the definitions in DSM-IV, but many experts feel that DSM-IV is too limited.



Cyclothymia

Cyclothymia is a form of Bipolar Disorder consisting of periods in which symptoms of hypomania or depression are present but do not constitute a major manic or depressive episode. A differentiating characteristic of this type of BP is that symptoms are never absent for more than two months.

Cyclothymia
According to the official US definition as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association, Cyclothymic Disorder - also called Cyclothymia - is "a chronic, fluctuating mood disturbance involving numerous periods of hypomanic symptoms and numerous periods of depressive symptoms."

Cyclothymia Defined
A concise definition from The Bipolar Disorder Glossary.

Cyclothymia - An Overview from the MayoClinic
Cyclothymia, or cyclothymic disorder, is a chronic mood disorder that results in short periods of mild emotional and behavioral "highs" alternating with short periods of mild to moderate depression. People with cyclothymia also experience intermittent periods of emotional and behavioral stability.

Cyclothymia - An Overview from McMan's Depression & Bipolar Web
John McManamy notes that while descriptions portray cyclothymia as a mild disorder, it is so only relative to the severity of Bipolar I and Bipolar II disorders. Cyclothymia can completely disrupt the life of an individual and create personal chaos. In their continual oscillation of mood, they never know from one day to the next what to expect.

Cyclothymic Disorder
This site offers a compilation of information on this disorder, including both American and European descriptions, from Internet Mental Health.



Here are some further sites, that can offer further info on the differences,symptoms, etc.

http://bipolar.about.com/cs/faqs/f/faq_bp12dif.htm

http://bipolar.about.com/cs/faqs/f/faq_classifybp.htm

http://www.biopsychiatry.com/mandep.htm

***This informations is found from a weekly BPD newletter I get****
(Thank you justhope for your research)

Here is the link to research yourselves.

http://bipolar.about.com




Here is the site for people who want to look up support groups in their area:

http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/Pag...ort_findsupport


Credit for this link goes to Spongedaddy.

Each year, DBSA reaches over four million people! In addition, billions of people each year hear our messages through the media that depression and bipolar disorder are real, treatable illnesses; that there is help and hope; and that no one with these illnesses needs to feel alone.

No matter how people find support from DBSA---whether itís through our 1,000+ peer-led support groups, through our interactive website, through the million+ brochures we distribute each year, or through our outreach and training programs---we are proud that our message of hope, help and recovery is being heard. And that our mission, to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders, is being fulfilled.
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