Re: What's the difference between bp 1 and bp 2?
Actually, if you have mixed states, you are classified as bipolar I. There is bipolar III, IV, V, and VI. Bipolar III is bipolar disorder that is induced by the use of an organic substance such as an illegal drug or the use of an anti-depressant (very common). However, the term "bipolar III" is only used to describe how a person developed the condition, but they still will either have bipolar I (full-blown mania) or bipolar II (only hypomania) symptomatology. Bipolar IV is cyclothymia, a very mild form of bipolar disorder where the person is constantly switching from three day periods of mild depression (dysthymia) to hypomania. Bipolar V is unipolar depression in someone who has a large genetic history of bipolar disorder in his/her family. They are classified as bipolar V because they may become (hypo)manic later on, or they may become (hypo)manic while using an anti-depressant, which would then chance their diagnosis to bipolar III. Bipolar VI is unipolar mania. I personally have never heard of any cases of bipolar VI. I think that one would only be given a diagnosis of bipolar VI if their first major episode was one of full-blown mania, and they were put on Lithium or some other medication before they ever had a chance to become severely depressed.
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