There are a few different types of bipolar disorder, but all of them have common symptoms of manic and depressive episodes. It is important to verify which type you are suffering from because treatments vary between them.
Bipolar I Disorder – Mania and Depression
Bipolar I disorder is the most common form of bipolar disorder, and it is also the most severe. You must have had at least one manic episode, but most people with bipolar I disorder have also gone through at least one major depressive episode.
Bipolar II Disorder – Hypomania and Depression
If you have bipolar II disorder, you will have recurring episodes of both major depression and hypomania (a less severe form of mania). If you ever go through a manic episode, your diagnosis will then be changed to bipolar I disorder.
Cyclothymia – Hypomania and Mild Depression
This is a milder form of bipolar disorder, where the mood swings are not severe enough to be classified as mania or major depression.