I ask my Pdoc the same exact question and he said I am a mild case of BP1.
He explained to me that since I had told him I am very successful in my career and I am a top performer that he is classifying me as BP1.
If I was a BP2 I would (most likely) not be a functional employee and would have issues that would carry over to the work force.
That’s a start to gauge something on but it’s not everyone.
I take BP2 would be the people that have uncontrollable spending and then depression a very manic-depressive state one who is extreme excitability, excessive activity, racing thoughts then you cycle downward to a depression state.
I think this would be more of a BP2.
Welcome to HW. It really depends on what kind of symptoms you have, and how those symtpoms pattern...if they do at all have a pattern. I can recommend a book Why am I still Depressed? -Jim Phelps. It's an excellent book from an excellent source. Dr. Phelps really knows what he's talking about. It's about all the complexities of bipolar and its different forms/types. I think it's quite common not to be a clear type 1 or type 2.
Hope that helps
Bipolar IIIt is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare
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