Getting Better at Being Me

Four Things That Mental Illness Recovery Taught Me

For pals who care to know, or folks who don’t understand bipolar, this is my jam:

Bipolar II disorder is when you have mostly episodes of depression plus occasional episodes of hypomania. Hypomania is a milder and shorter form of mania that usually lasts just a few days, but it can still impair your functioning. Between episodes, there are usually periods of wellness. The risk of suicide is high for this type of bipolar disorder. It can be hard to tell the difference between hypomania and a “good mood,” so bipolar II is also often not recognized as easily as bipolar I.

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