Rorschach

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So I've been hospitalized in a psych ward a total of 6 times. I think. anyways, when I was 16 I was told by a doctor there that they thought I had bipolar 2. I was promptly diagnosed, and put on mood stabilizers. my question is, is it normal that I've only ever been manic maybe maybe 2 or 3 times? it was unmistakable when it happened, but as a whole, I've spent most of my adolescent/young adult life in a severe depressive state. is it normal to have such an unbalanced ratio of highs to lows?

Depression

Bipolar 2 disorder

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  • loveshespoke

    306d

    I can't speak on normal, but that's been the case with me, too. Are you familiar with hypomania?

    • Rorschach

      306d

      I have not! I will look it up though

    • Rorschach

      306d

      yeah this makes a lot of sense, I was not aware of the difference between mania and hypomania. Thank you for your comment

  • angrysloth

    306d

    same with me, i’ve only been hypomanic a couple of times but try looking up mixed bipolar states too. i’ve had these where it’s a combo of depression and mania but for me personally i usually notice the depression more and only get told about the manic symptoms from friends and family (irritable, talking fast, high energy). but it’s hard to recognize because i’ll usually be highly depressed at the same time. worth looking into if you think you might be bipolar 2!

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