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Bipolar II  

The most important organ in the human body is the brain, without it, the human body cannot function at all. The brain is like the microprocessor of a computer that is responsible for controlling everything. From your basic motor skills to making the body organs function to making decisions, everything is controlled by the brain. 


This is why it is important that you should also be aware of your mental health and not just your physical health. 


Today, there are now a lot of known facts about the different kinds of brain disorder that can affect the way we live our daily life. Some affects the motor skills, while other kinds of brain disorders can affect the decision-making skills. There are also different causes for brain disorders. Some are caused by accidents while there are also brain disorders that are acquired since birth. 


One such brain disorder is called bipolar II. Bipolar II affects the mood and with this kind of brain disorder, it can make people feel constantly depressed at no reason at all. Bipolar II is also associated with at least one hypomanic episode. Unlike bipolar disorder where manic and depressive moods are always associated, bipolar II makes a person experience one or more depressive episodes and is accompanied by one hypomanic episode at the least. 


During the hypomanic episode, the person with bipolar II will feel a constant elevated, irritable or expansive mood. This particular feeling will usually last up to 4 days or more. During this phase, we will see that the behaviour is entirely different from a normal non-depressed mood. The symptoms associated with bipolar II hypomanic episodes are quite similar to bipolar disorder during manic episodes but is less severe. 


The major depression episodes associated with bipolar II can make a person feel excessively depressed and can make him or her feel that they are useless. The person suffering from this illness will also make them pessimistic and make them feel helpless. In severe cases of bipolar II disorder, the person may even think of death or suicide and even makes suicide attempts. 


The hypomanic episodes associated with bipolar II is usually not severe enough that it can affect a person suffering from this disorder with their social activities, performance at work or school and there are no psychotic features. It is considered that if a person experience four of more hypomanic and depressive episodes in a single year, the person has a rapid-cycling bipolar disorder. 


You have to consider that bipolar II is a version of bipolar disorder. However, the depressive episodes are more obvious than the manic episodes. Bipolar II is not classified as manic-depression, but only large mood and energy swings. However, there are also severe forms of bipolar II where the person suffering from it can make him prone to commit suicide. 


As you can see, bipolar II is a very serious illness that should not be left unchecked. As soon as a person notice the signs and symptoms for bipolar II, it is important that they should seek help immediately. We have to consider that bipolar II has treatments that can minimize the effect of the illness in our daily life. The treatment will consist of psychotherapy, and medications that can normalize the mood. It is also important that the family and friends should fully support the person in order to help them fully recover. 


The therapy will also include helping the person to cope up with the illness. It will include different methods that the person can use to minimize the effect of the illness.