People who have bipolar Ithe “classic” bipolar disorderhave experienced one or more manic episodes lasting at least a week and almost always one or more major depressive episodes.
Depression is the primary characteristic of bipolar II. While those with bipolar II do have “up” periods, these episodes are less marked. Instead of full-blown mania, people with bipolar II experience hypomania, a milder form of mania. Studies show that women are slightly more likely to have bipolar II.
This is a catchall category for those who seem to have bipolar disorder, but who dont fit neatly into any category.
Bipolar disorder is a complex condition that isnt easy to categorize. Some people have bipolar I without ever having experienced a major depressive episode, though this is unusual.
People who have cyclothymia are often considered by their loved ones to be extremely moody. They have a history of cycling through “up” and “down” periods, none of which are so severe or last long enough to qualify as mania or major depression.