Bipolar II Disorder

Bipolar II disorder is categorized as a bipolar spectrum disorder that includes the presence of at least one hypomanic and one major depressive episode. Hypomania is described as at least 4 days of either elevated mood or increased energy with three additional symptoms, or irritable mood and four other symptoms. These other symptoms include grandiosity, pressured speech or racing thoughts, a decreased need for sleep, and increases in psychomotor agitation, risky behavior, and goal-directed behavior. Major depression is defined as 2 or more weeks, with more days than not, of loss of interest or intense sadness. Additional symptoms include significant weight gain or loss, increased or decreased sleep, psychomotor agitation or retardation, feelings of worthlessness, and, in some cases, suicidal ideation. Bipolar II disorder is ...

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