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
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
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.