• Sweetfish Sweetfish
    March 03, 2009
    Which is more severe? Bipolar 1 or Bipolar 2?
    Sweetfish Sweetfish
    March 03, 2009

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  • John McManamy
    Health Guide
    March 03, 2009
    John McManamy
    Health Guide
    March 03, 2009

    Hi Sweetfish. Short answer: both, equally.

     

    Bipolar 1 has a mania component which gets all the attention, but those with bipolar II tend to be stuck in depression forever. The depressive side of the illness is more pervasive, more disabling, and more deadly.

     

    Accordingly, it is a mistake to think of bipolar II as a light version of bipolar.


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