What is bipolar spectrum? Will it become bipolar 1 or bipolar 2?

Today’s video is about bipolar spectrum illness and is based on a viewer question from Saddam. He asks if his diagnosis of bipolar spectrum will later become bipolar 1 or bipolar 2 disorder.

The short answer is that here in the US bipolar spectrum is not an official term. However, it is debated by researchers and clinicians as to whether bipolar disorder and depression really should be considered one bipolar spectrum illness and not be separate diagnoses.

In this video I give the history of bipolar disorder and how it evolved from being manic depressive insanity, to separate diagnoses of major depression and bipolar disorder. Many people believe we should rename both illnesses bipolar spectrum to include other conditions such as:

Recurrent severe depression with psychosis
Depression mixed with manic symptoms
Cyclothymia
Antidepressant induced mania
Anxious depression
Atypical depression

Other videos referenced in this video
Video about Treatment Resistant Depression g
Video explaining mania and hypomania Y
Video on psychotic depression 0
Bipolar playlist />Depression playlist />
References for further study
Ghaemi SN. Bipolar spectrum: a review of the concept and a vision for the future. Psychiatry Investig. 2013;10(3): 218–224.

Mondimore FM. Kraepelin and manic-depressive insanity: an historical perspective. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2005;17(1): 49–52.

Trede K, Salvatore P, Baethge C, Gerhard A, Maggini C, Baldessarini RJ. Manic-depressive illness: evolution in Kraepelin’s Textbook, 1883-1926. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2005;13(3): 155–178.

Singh T, Williams K. Atypical depression. Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2006;3(4): 33–39.

Want to know more about mental health and self-improvement? On this channel I discuss topics such as bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), relationships and personal development/self-improvement. I upload weekly. If you don’t want to miss a video, click here to subscribe.

Disclaimer: All of the information on this channel is for educational purposes and not intended to be specific/personal medical advice from me to you. Watching the videos or getting answers to comments/question, does not establish a doctor-patient relationship. If you have your own doctor, perhaps these videos can help prepare you for your discussion with your doctor.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.