bipolar

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  1. saiyagirl

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    i know someone who says he is bipolar without being manic. what does that mean exactly?
     
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    That he's simply depressed, and shouldn't use the term bipolar. What meds does he take? Lithium? MAOIs? SSRIs?
     
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    It doesn't necessarily mean he's just depressed. Bipolar II is periods of depression with periods of hypomania, but not mania, which is much more severe and often requires hospitalization. It's very possible that your friend has Bipolar II Disorder or Cyclothymic Disorder, although I wouldn't know. Basically all I'm saying is that you do not need to have episodes of mania to be bipolar.
     
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    Yes, Bipolar II is also called hypomania or cyclothmia. People may feel high, but never have a true manic episodes. There are periods of depressed moods. You must be careful about anti-depressants in these individuals because these medications may result in full-blown mania.

    A mood stabilizer like Lithium would be appropriate if the hypomanic episodes are distrupting his life.
     
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    I see.
     
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    thanks--as i just found out, it IS bioplar II.

    (i'm not sure what meds he's on, we didn't really talk about that...)
     

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