There are various categories of bipolar but the three main types used frequently in clinical practice are:
- Bipolar 1
- Bipolar 2
People who are affected by bipolar 1, experience the full mood spectrum from mania to depression and may also experience psychosis.
People who are affected by bipolar 2, experience the same depths of depression as a person with bipolar 1 but they do not experience full blown mania. They do however experience hypomania. People affected by bipolar 2 are sometimes initially misdiagnosed as they often present themselves to their G.P. with symptoms of low mood/depression and will be treated with medication such as antidepressants which they tend not to respond to.
Cyclothymia is often described as being on the bipolar spectrum. People affected by cyclothymia tend to fluctuate between hypomania and low mood.