What is the diffrence between Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2?

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   Posted 11/10/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
What is the diffrence between bipolar 1 and bipolar 2?
confused  I am dx with BP1 and I don't know what the diffrence is.
Even though I do not understand where I am going on the path that God has laid out for me, I must submit to His plan and trust that He will take me where I need to be. 
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   Posted 11/10/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Christina,

The main difference is in the manias: the depressions are pretty much the same. But BPII's have hypomania, not true mania. Here's a link that discusses it:


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   Posted 11/12/2009 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
That link says that hypomania only lasts a few days.  My husband is bipolar 2 with hypomania and it lasts MUUUUCH longer than a few days.  It can lasts anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months but usually 6-8 weeks. 
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