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I have bipolar I disorder. I experience the mania more often than the depression, but have had both. I have been pretty stable for two years and I credit the medication I'm on for that. Before that I had ten unstable years with many hospitaluzations and stays in a safe house. I am so thankful for my medication and my psychiatrist. Eating better and exercising greatly helps with my moods and how I feel.

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4/14/17 5:04 P

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Hi Julie,

I am bipolar 1 with mixed features- mostly manic with anxious distress. I get depressed, but mostly that is not often and is pretty well controlled with medication, so that I mostly feel highly energetic or normal. My anxiety can hit the roof though. I take medication for that too. I'm sure that you will be able to do that some day Rissa.

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Thanks, Julie!

I'm Bipolar 1, rapid cycling with psychotic features (for my bipolar). I also have Paranoid Schizophrenia, which with bipolar 1 is Schizoaffective Bipolar Disorder (SCAD). It's not easy having that, and other things (Borderline Personality Disorder and PTSD), but I am trying to make the most of it. I just try my best, take my meds, and do what I can to improve myself. One day I want to get off of disability.... I want to go back to school and either get a Masters in Psychology or an MBA (or Masters of Health Business or something like that). We can do it!

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Here's a clarification of the TYPES of bipolar disorder, and the SPECIFIERS that go with it:

TYPES of Bipolar [from NAMI]: emoticon

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defines four types of bipolar illness:
• Bipolar I Disorder is an illness in which people have experienced one or more episodes of mania. Most people diagnosed with bipolar I will have episodes of both mania and depression, though an episode of depression is not necessary for a diagnosis. To be diagnosed with bipolar I, a person’s manic or mixed episodes must last at least seven days or be so severe that he requires hospitalization.
• Bipolar II Disorder is a subset of bipolar disorder in which people experience depressive episodes shifting back and forth with hypomanic episodes, but never a full manic episode.
• Cyclothymic Disorder or Cyclothymia, is a chronically unstable mood state in which people experience hypomania and mild depression for at least two years. People with cyclothymia may have brief periods of normal mood, but these periods last less than eight weeks.
• Bipolar Disorder "other specified" and "unspecified" is diagnosed when a person does not meet the criteria for bipolar I, II or cyclothymia but has had periods of clinically significant abnormal mood elevation. The symptoms may either not last long enough or not meet the full criteria for episodes required to diagnose bipolar I or II.
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SPECIFIERS of Bipolar Disorders [from the Very Well website]: emoticon

Specifiers are extensions to a diagnosis that further clarify the course, severity, or special features of a disorder or illness.
Specifiers for Mood Disorders
The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) uses specifiers extensively in the diagnosis of mood disorders. Any number of applicable specifiers can be used for the same episode.
For bipolar disorder, there are two categories of specifiers: Those for defining the current or most recent mood episode, and those concerning the course of recurrent, or repeating, mood episodes.
The first category, defining current or recent episodes, includes mixed features, anxious distress, melancholic features, atypical features, psychotic features, and catatonic features.
The second category, defining recurrent episodes, includes rapid cycling, peripartum onset, and seasonal pattern.

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