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Tuesday, March 03, 2009 Sweetfish, Community Member, asks

Q: Which is more severe? Bipolar 1 or Bipolar 2?

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John McManamy, Health Guide
3/ 3/09 6:50pm

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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By Sweetfish, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 03/03/09