Bipolar I Disorder
- Characterized by one or more manic episodes or mixed episodes (symptoms of both mania and depression occurring nearly every day for at least one week)
- One or more major depressive episodes
- Most severe form of the illness, marked by extreme manic episodes.
Bipolar II Disorder
- Diagnosed after one or more major depressive episodes (at least one episode of hypomania) and possible periods of level mood between episodes.
- Highs in bipolar II (called hypomanias) are not as high as those in bipolar I (manias).
- Bipolar II is diagnosed for people who have recurring depressions and experience periods of hypomania
Stigma: The Name Game
Misinformation and ignorance often lead to inaccurate stereotypes, fears, and pervasive myths that can stigmatize the illness. Words as "crazy" and "psycho"
have become common derogatory terms that many take lightly; but these
words can be extremely harmful to those living with mental illness.
Remember, small changes can make a big difference.
By communicating accurate information through entertainment, the industry can help general audiences gain knowledge that will lead to greater understanding, fewer fears and myths, and decreased stigma.
Bipolar Disorder vs. Mood Swings
- Intensity: mood swings that come with bipolar disorder are usually more severe than ordinary mood swings
- Length: A bad mood is usually gone in a few days, but mania or depression can last weeks or months
- Interferences with Life: The extremes in mood that come with bipolar disorder can severely disrupt the sufferer's life.
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