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What are the Symptoms & Treatments of Bipolar II?

What does it mean to have Bipolar II: Understanding Its Symptoms & Treatments


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Psychiatric disorders are often mistreated due to inappropriate diagnosis. This is very common because most of the psychiatric illnesses have similar symptoms. Bipolar I and Bipolar II are among the most common psychiatric illnesses that are misdiagnosed. These illnesses involve depression, high levels of anxiety, hypomania, and hypermania that are also found in other psychiatric illnesses.

Bipolar I and Bipolar II are characterized by mood swings such as shift from a hypermanic state to a severe depressed mood. Bipolar I is characterized by manic depression symptoms which is not observed among patients with Bipolar II. Patients who have Bipolar II often experienced severe bouts of depression and anxiety that suicidal tendencies are very common. Bipolar II patients are often misdiagnosed and in turn will be treated with incorrect medications and therapies. It is very important to know which manic depressions as well as the symptoms of hypomania.

Those who are experiencing manic states are delusional and often destructive to self and others. They have the feeling of being high and indestructible. Oftentimes they are in a good mood or paranoid. People who shows symptoms of a manic state is often best treated in a hospital to ensure safety of the patient as well as the people surrounding the patient.

People who are showing symptoms of hypomania tend to make irrational decisions due to rash choices. They are often talkative and have high self-esteem. They also have the tendency to be very depressed, high anxiety levels, and often are irritable. Other symptoms include restlessness which will lead to sleeplessness and good mood before becoming irritable. Hypomania is often associated different anxiety disorders and may lead to improper treatment with anti-depressant medications. It should be noted that hypomanic patients that are treated with anti-depressants will often lead to manic states and mood swings become severe. Another reason why hypomania is often misdiagnosed is because patients who are in the hypomanic state are often in a good mood and tend to be very productive.

Patients with Bipolar II should be monitored closely especially between the hypomanic and depressive states which can be very confusing in the part of the physician. Further mistreatment of anti-depressants will lead to more chemical dysfunction which will lead to complicated mood swings. Severely depressed patients with Bipolar II often have suicidal tendencies and it is often not treated with counseling alone since the problem lies with chemical disturbance within the system.

Patients with Bipolar I and Bipolar II can have normal lives if their illness is treated and managed accordingly. Proper treatment and medications as well as counseling is very important to help patients cope up with their mood swings. Full recovery is even possible as long as there is correct diagnosis and correct treatment.

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