At this point, from what I can see, bipolar has varying degrees – like a spectrum. There are at this point three terms that are currently used in the diagnosis of bipolar. Bipolar 1 and 2, and Cyclomythic disorder. They are all basically intertwining in essence, and all can present the same way, only in varying degrees.
I am not a psychologist nor a psychiatrist. This is only my basic, very basic understanding of what bipolar ‘is’. In basic terms, there is ‘hardcore’ and ‘not-so-hardcore-as-hardcore’
BIPOLAR 1 – the big kahuna. Bipolar 1 typically means drastic mood changes, without control, between ‘mania’ and ‘depression’. Those that live with BP1 can endure periods of deep depression, sometimes resulting in suicidal thoughts or motivations. They can swing from those emotions (moods) to elation, feeling on top of the world, creative, motivated, unbelievable sense of self confidence. Those that live with BP1 can often swing between these feelings quickly (rapid cycling is defined by the Australian terms for psychiatrists as swinging between these moods at least four times per year. Though, in my personal experience and with knowing those that I know that do actually rapid cycle, it can change on at least a monthly level. Sometimes weekly).
BIPOLAR 2 – in no way is any lesser than BP1. This is a very serious way of life. Generally those that are living with BP2 have ‘milder’ swings of mood. Pretty much the same as BP1 but without (in medical terms) the co-morbidity factor. I have not actually met a single person yet in my escapades that subscribes to being BP2. I would love to connect more with those that have been diagnosed BP2 so I can better understand.
CYCLOMYTHIC – generally, cyclomythic disorder describes itself as encompassing those who tend to have hypomanic periods for a sustained time, and very short periods of depression. I think this might actually be everyone in the world. << just my personal opinion. By the way 😛
So, in my own words, ‘THIS IS BIPOLAR’. In my own little nutshell