A recent study showed that Bipolar Type II, often thought of as the less severe form of Bipolar Disorder, is actually worse than Bipolar Type I is some ways.
Some of the ways Bipolar II is more severe than Bipolar I:
- increased comorbid anxiety
- increased first-degree relative with mood disorder
- more prior mood episodes
- current depression
- current antidepressant use
- rapid cycling in the prior year
- childhood onset
On the other hand, Bipolar II patients had significantly less hospitalizations and current prescription psychotropic use compared to Bipolar I patients.
Both groups had a statistically similar rate of prior suicide attempts.
I’m sorry, but I’m not understanding the reasoning here. Bipolar 1 is in fact the most severe between the two, and is solidified through mass research and observation. Bipolar 2 bullet points are all identical symptoms in regards to Bipolar 1. I personally have 1 and experience everything listed, and most likely in a more severe manner. It’s just very contradicting and the topic challenged is lacking valid summation. I’m honestly not being ugly, I just am interested in the differences and levels or scales and the variations. Good luck
I understand. You can read more, including the study’s limitations if you follow the link in my post.
The reasoning is because although the mania may be less debilitating those with bipolar 2 spen more time in a depressed state than those with bipolar 1. This explains it much better than I could https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bipolar-you/201210/is-bipolar-ii-easier-live-bipolar-i
Great article! Thanks for sharing.