What is Bipolar II Disorder? Mental Health with Kati Morton | Kati Morton

Hey everybody, today I’m gonna talk with
you about Bipolar II disorder and how it differs from Bipolar I.
So stay tuned. ♪ (soft music playing) ♪ So I’ve heard from many, many, many, many
of you that you needed more information about Bipolar disorder. And I heard you!
Don’t worry. That’s why I’m here right now making this video about Bipolar II. And I will talk about Bipolar II and how
it differs a little bit from Bipolar I but don’t worry, I will do another video
about Bipolar I so that you can see the differences more clearly. But if you’ve
not checked out my kind of Bipolar summary video that I created a while ago
– remember the whiteboard and I made squiggles to kind of show you the
differences and tell you how Bipolar disorder works? You’re gonna wanna click
here and watch it first because it gives you a good summary before we get kind of
more into the nitty-gritty of Bipolar II. Without further ado, and as always I have
notes and my handy-dandy DSM. So, Bipolar II: Now the way that I always think of
Bipolar II is that it’s the ‘depressive’ side of Bipolar disorder. You never have
mania… never. You have hypomania, and this can be sometimes tricky for people to
feel the differences or understand the differences, but that’s why you have to
see a professional to get a proper diagnosis. And so if you’re worried that
you’re struggling with this, before trying to diagnose yourself I would please
encourage you, I can’t encourage you enough to see a professional to get a
proper diagnosis, put a treatment plan together, and figure out what’s the best
path for you. So, Bipolar II you don’t have mania, but you have hypomania. I’m
gonna read you from the DSM really quick about what hypomania may look like.
It says that you will have an abnormally and persistently elevated expansive or
irritable mood, you can feel really an inflated sense of self esteem like “I’m
the best, I can do anything!” and you also feel a decreased need for sleep.
And if you remember me talking about mania in that other video, and I believe in
other FAQs, it sounds a lot like it right? It’s just a lower grade. And that’s why
it’s important to see a professional, because they’ll know exactly what you’re
struggling with. It also says “flight of ideas”, like “I have so many things
flowing through my mind I can’t even – I just can’t settle down! There’s so many
things I wanna do and so many things I feel like I wanna change in the world!”
And it can be a really motivated place for a lot of people to live in, and I know a
lot of artists and people sometimes like being hypomanic, because it’s not as
intense as mania, but we get a lot done. We have so many ideas! Also, really
distractable – as you can imagine if you’re thinking about all these different
things it’s hard for you to stay on topic. “Increased goal-directed activity” – like
I said you’re really productive. “Excessive involvement in activities that
have a high potential for painful consequences” – and this is where we
usually end up in trouble, like we end up in the hospital, or our family members or
friends may call 911 to get us help, is if y’know we may be sleeping around, we may
be spending obscene amounts of money at the mall, we may buy a new car, we may do
things that we shouldn’t be doing because it could have a really horrific
consequence on the end. And so that is kind of how a hypomanic episode looks. It
can be very similar to mania, like I said, but it has to last as least at least for
four consecutive days present most of the day, nearly every day. And you must also
have a major depressive episode in order to be diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder.
Now a major depressive episode has to last at least two weeks, and to give you an
idea of what that may feel like, you have to have five or more of the following
symptoms that have been present during the same two-week period, just like I was
saying. Depressed mood most of the day, diminished interests like we’ve talked
about before in the ‘Six Signs of Depression’ anhedonia, not being
interested in pleasurable activities or activities that used to be pleasurable to
you are no longer pleasurable, you may lose weight, you may gain weight, you may
oversleep, you may not sleep enough, you may feel fatigued and have body aches. And
a lot of those things will happen when we have Bipolar II because we have to have
hypomania and a major depressive episode. Those both have to occur to get the
diagnosis of Bipolar II and you can’t have mania. If you have mania, that makes you
Bipolar I. Okay? So that’s what Bipolar II disorder is. You can see why it’s one of
the most misdiagnosed things in the psych world – a lot of psychiatrists that I work
with and therapists that I work with feel that a lot of people that are diagnosed
with depression may really have Bipolar II or people that are diagnosed with Bipolar
II may actually just have Major Depressive Disorder. And it can be really difficult
for us to properly diagnose. That’s why I cannot encourage you enough to seek out
professional help. Get a proper diagnosis, get properly assessed, and then you can
look at your options for treatment. There are a lot of options out there. Medication
as always is an option, therapy and different treatment centers. There are a
lot of day programs you can go to to better understand your illness, there are
group therapy things for you and your family because a lot of people with
Bipolar disorder, if they have a hypomanic or manic episode, can do some things that
are really detrimental to themselves and to their relationships. So there are a lot
of group therapy things available in hospital settings, in inpatient settings,
where you can help rebuild that relationship and better understand your
own Bipolar disorder so that it can get properly treated. And I hope that this
helps, if you like videos where I talk a little bit more in-depth about a specific
diagnosis, give it a thumbs up and let me know. And leave your comments below:
What has Bipolar II disorder looked like for you? What have you done in treatment
to help you better overcome it? Because as a community we can be so strong, we have
so many experiences and so much information we can gleam from each other.
It’s more than just me telling you how we diagnose and what your treatment options
are, we can share our stories. So share your stories, and I’ll see you next time. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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  1. What if you suspect someone from being bipolar II or something along those lines, but you can't get through to them to seek help? How do I handle something like that.

  2. I’m pretty sure I have bipolar.ive struggled with a lot of mental illness but have never been to a dr. Because of financial issues and accessibility. I don’t want to get help until I’m on my own in a couple years and in a place that has more options. I think I’m currently having a mixed episode mostly depressed rn

  3. I've been undiagnosed all my life. My life makes more sense, looking back… Ugh…Im 44. Depression and loss of interest was a mainstay throughout my life. As well as bouts of worthlessness. ..wow…makes sense. I've always been the "calm" type…so we ruled out bipolar disorder long ago. Never heard of this!!… Bp2!!
    Was this a category back in the 80'sand 90's??.. I always thought Manic Depression just got re-termed to 'Bi-polar". But..Now there is a subset or .."split" BP1&2
    Like diabetes. Major light bulbs going on here..!!!
    Damn…just 30 years to late.
    Fuck me.

  4. Do you think depakin for bipolar 2 might also Rob you from functioning properly,like not being motivated or sharp enough ?

  5. I had this diagnosed last year, and I had maybe 20 years, committed suicide once,
    God completely healed me and I am now free of medication

  6. Also living some of the psychotic symptomps is much something to learn about yourself bt if the individual finally admits tonseeknhelp medications csn help alot especially when speepnstops for long long period of time

  7. Is it possible to do a video that includes Bi Polar 2, ADHD, PTSD, Tourette’s and Anxiety? I’ve been diagnosed with all of those. I would love to understand all of those better if possible and what to do about it. Besides just medicating and counseling.

    Nov 2019___ PLEASE KEEP ON
    U TUBE.✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔

  9. I was diagnosed recently with bipolar 2 and anxiety disorder, my previous psychiatrist unfortunately didn't see it. i did things while hypomanic that i regret and that are going to haunt me forever. being in a depression and having anxiety, regret makes it worse. i wish i was diagnosed sooner so maybe i wouldn't have made the decisions i did

  10. For 4 years I’ve been misdiagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. On Friday, I saw a psychiatrist for the first time in 4 years (I’ve been seeing a regular doctor to prescribe my antidepressants) because I was dealing with really bad paranoid thoughts, and in the end he diagnosed me w/ Bipolar II. I was shocked and I still am. I’ve been watching so many videos and researching this disorder to the end to understand how I function. I’m on Olanzapine right now to help with both the Bipolar and Psychosis, along with my eating disorder.

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