Saturday, June 4, 2011

Warning Signs of Bipolar Disorder 2

Bipolar Disorder 2 occurs when person experience at least one major depressive episode as well as hypomanic episode. Depressive episodes take place frequently and they are more intense compared to manic episodes. Highest risk of suicide is associated with the sufferer of this condition. Sometimes Hypomania in Bipolar Disorder 2 can be considered as an elavation of mood at where mood may be negative. Warning signs of bipolar disorder can be found in the people at the age of teens or twenties, which includes sudden high in good feelings, insomnia etc. Sometimes, it also appeared after the age of 50.

Warning Signs of Bipolar Disorder 2

Hypomanic episodes are similar to the manic episodes of bipolar episodes 1. However, the signs of the bipolar disorder 2 have not the same intensity as the signs of bipolar I disorder. So the routine work of patient does not interfere more in the bipolar disorder 2. Sufferer of hypomania may speak with heightened levels of ego and feeling of superiority than usual level. Patient may also feel uncomfortable anxiousness and become anger on small things.

When person suffering from hypomania, he/she may feel unusual highs mood including extreme happiness. Therefore, detection of this disorder becomes very tricky as the positive feelings do not give clue of illness. Person also experience negative feelings at the time of depression. So when he feels depression, he will go to consult the doctor. The doctor, who is not aware about the past situation of patient’s heightened mood, treats this situation as a depression instead of Bipolar 2 disorder. Thus, for the correct detection of this disorder, doctor has to examine the factors that lead to the hypomania.

The signs bipolar 2 disorder:
  • At least one hypomanic episode
  • Signs cause distress or impair functioning
  • At least major depressive episodes
  • Another disorder does not give symptoms
  • Patient never have manic or mixed episode  
Symptoms of depression:
  • Unmanageable crying
  • Hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Reduced energy level
  • Weight gain or loss
Symptoms of hypomania:
  • Pressured speech
  • Excess energy
  • Grandiosity
  • Racing thoughts
  • Reduced the need of sleep
  • Distractibility
Interesting Article: Study found that Fish Oil helps in Bipolar Disorder treatment.


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