The Difference Between Bipolar 1 Disorder and Bipolar 2 Disorder
At Revibe Therapy in Winter Park, we often help those who are struggling with Bipolar Disorder. Our Bipolar Disorder treatment utilizes the power of EMDR therapy to help clients feel safe, present, and empowered to work through their difficulties. While many people have heard of Bipolar Disorder before, not everyone knows that there are multiple sub-categories of Bipolar Disorder. In today’s blog at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park, we talk a little bit about Bipolar 1 Disorder, Bipolar 2 Disorder, and their differences. Keep reading to learn more and contact our team at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park for Bipolar Disorder treatment through EMDR therapy.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder, like many other mental health disorders, has been distorted in modern culture. If someone is happy one minute and angry the next, someone may say “Wow, so and so is Bipolar!” — which is in no way accurate.
Bipolar disorder is often characterized by periods of mania and depression. When it comes to mania, there are two types that we will use: hypomania and mania. Mania consists of symptoms like extremely high energy levels, huge bursts of creativity, restlessness, risky behavior/decision making, and more. Mania is often so severe and impactful on day-to-day life that the patient may require hospitalization. Hypomania is very similar to mania but much less severe. Hypomania still has negative impacts in the person’s day-to-day life, but is rarely severe enough to warrant hospitalization.
Periods of depression are as you may have pictured in your mind. Periods of depression in Bipolar Disorder are periods of extreme sadness, irritability, lack of interest, hopelessness, and in some cases, thoughts of suicide. Those who are impacted by Bipolar Disorder experience periods lasting two weeks or longer of mania, depression, or both.
Bipolar 1 Disorder
In order to be diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder, you must have experienced a full manic episode (mania). People with Bipolar 1 Disorder can have major depression periods as well, but it is not a qualification for Bipolar 1 Disorder. This class of Bipolar Disorder is typically quite apparent and there are often no questions that something is wrong.
If you are seeking professional Bipolar Disorder treatment for Bipolar 1 Disorder, reach out to us at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park for our EMDR therapy services.
Bipolar 2 Disorder
Bipolar 2 Disorder is very similar to Bipolar 1 Disorder with a few key differences. In order to qualify as having Bipolar 2 Disorder, you must experience a major depressive episode (typically 2 weeks or longer) and have had a hypomanic episode. As previously discussed, hypomanic episodes are less severe than manic episodes or mania. In many cases, it can be more difficult to tell something is wrong with someone who is suffering from Bipolar 2 Disorder. They may seem to have periods where they lack interest in things that typically give them joy, often appear sad, and have a lack of energy.
Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Regardless of whether you are fighting Bipolar Disorder 1 or 2, we can help. Revibe Therapy in Winter Park offers Bipolar Disorder treatment through the use of EMDR therapy. While EMDR therapy is typically associated with treating trauma, we have found it to be a powerful tool in treating Bipolar Disorder. This is because up to 60% of patients with Bipolar Disorder have a history of trauma and traumatic events (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5379519/). EMDR therapy helps those with Bipolar Disorder safely identify and work through their trauma which, in turn, improves their Bipolar Disorder.
Revibe Therapy in Winter Park
At Revibe Therapy in Winter Park, we have helped dozens with Bipolar Disorder treatment through EMDR therapy. To learn more about Bipolar Disorder and how we treat it, feel free to reach out to us or check out our Bipolar Disorder Treatment page.