Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar II Disorder


April 24, 2012 · 0 comments

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Bipolar II disorder is identified by the recurring episodes of major depression and hypomania. Bipolar II disorder is basically characterized by the combination of hypomanic phases with separate phases of major depression. Bipolar II disorder also can leads the sufferers to develop certain episodes of depression which is similar to clinical depression.

sign symptom bipolar II disorderThe signs and symptoms of hypomania and major depression are quite different from the manic phase of bipolar depression. A sufferer of hypomania often experience elevated, expansive, or irritable mood which may continue for at least 4 consecutive days. A hypomanic episode never ranges to such stage which may require hospitalization or trigger serious impairment in functioning. Unlike mania, hypomanic episode does not have any conflict with reality.

The diagnosis and treatment process is also different. Hypomania often diagnose as mere happiness. In order to diagnosis the bipolar disorder you have to experience at least one episode of hypomania and depression. It is very much essential to identify the distinct type of bipolar disorder with its particular symptoms. Once you are well informed about the basic information of bipolar II disorder with all noticeable signs and symptoms then you will be able to provide those information to your doctor that are necessary for treatment and diagnosis process.

Even sometimes educate yourself about depression can work effectively in taking self-help tactics and preventing the severe phase. Here I am giving you the signs and criteria of hypomania and depressive phase of bipolar disorder that you can able to take right treatment for you.

Symptoms of Hypomania

  • Extreme desire for self-esteem
  • Increase in performing goal-directed activity
  • Sensitivity to more cheerful mood than usual
  • Feeling less necessity of sleeping
  • Overconfidence or hyperactivity in taking extra responsibility
  • Showing extreme energy with over activity in performing actions.
  • Habituated in talking loud or rapid speech
  • Frequent changes in ideas or thoughts
  • Superfluous interest in taking pleasurable actions or any productive actions
  • Poor concentration, incapability to take decision
  • Increased use of alcohol or other toxicants
  • Being unable to realize the outcome of reckless behavior
  • Sufferers often overestimate their capabilities.

Symptoms of Depressive Phase of Bipolar Disorder II

  • Depressed mood or mood swing
  • Continuous irritation among children.
  • You are gradually reducing your interest in every work which referring that you are facing major depressive phase of bipolar disorder.
  • Feeling of restlessness or worthlessness without any reason.
  • If you are cursing yourself for any single mistake or if you are thinking that you are good for nothing then immediately seek for treatment. It is the major symptoms of depressive phase of bipolar disorder.
  • Appetite change is such a symptom which is visible in every range of depression. So hypomania also can bring appetite change which often leads to weight loose or weight gain.
  • Lack of energy or loss of pleasure
  • Suicidal thoughts and self-destruction step are the negative and the most dangerous symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Continuous poor performance in study or career due to lack of concentration.
  • Children and adolescence are often reluctant to go school.
  • Feeling of Hopelessness or worthlessness.

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