how long do depressive episodes usually last if you have bipolar 2? I was hypomanic last week for 4 days and then I had the downslope and now I'm starting to feel manic again. I do have rapid cycling because I've been manic 3 times since summer but can it be back to back?
Bipolar 2 disorder
It’s different for everyone. My manic episodes typically last 3 days at most. My depressive episodes, on the other hand, can last for months and they sort of have waves. I will be overall depressed for long periods of time with suicidal thoughts that would come and go, but I was still making it through the day. I think they call it “waking depression” sometimes. Then I have about 2-3 weeks of severe depression. During that time it progressively worsens until I hit a wall. Then for 2-3 days or as long as a week I will have extremely severe depression where I cannot leave my bed, talk to anyone, make it through the day sober, etc. This last period ends one of two ways. 1- a manic episode. 2- I fuck something up and realize I have to get my shit together, in which case this depression cycle repeats until I have a manic episode.
However there were times when I was able to feel normal between episodes because the depression was mild enough for me to work around
I just want to add that I’ve had a lot of success with the most recent medication I’ve been on and haven’t had any episodes, mania or depression, in quite some time. I also attribute a lot of that to the fact that I stopped smoking weed everyday, which was really hard at first but I felt so better even after the first week. If you’re a frequent smoker I would give it a try
ohh thank you! I can try to not smoke as much but I don't think I can quit yet. I think you're right though it might just be me feeling "normal" instead of manic/depressed. I haven't felt this healthy in a while except for last week with my manic episode which I felt really good but had some bad habits, thank you 💕
i didn’t stop all at once! I just didn’t smoke one night and then i would go a couple nights and a time and the it was only weekends for a while and now it’s usually only with my friends or if I want to treat myself haha I haven’t quit all together but its really helped!
Episodes of depression are 2+ weeks. it is also common for depression to dominate in bp2 which is why they don't consider type 2 a less severe version of bipolar, just so you are aware. I'm not sure if you deal with that, but I do. it was helpful information for me!
Mine typically last 2+ weeks, shifting from moderately to severely depressed while my hypomanic episodes are 3-4 days. I also have periods of "normalcy" between episodes where little to no symptoms. usually I have irritability, bursts of energy and euphoria, loss of motivation that comes in waves during those periods but no episodes. I have had a lot of success with my current medication so my episodes aren't too bad.
episodes can be back to back, meaning you go from manic to depressed or vice versa. individuals without rapid cycling have 2 episodes a year but they can be both depressive, both manic, mixed episodes, or both manic and depressive. and it is the same for individuals with rapid cycling (note: you can go a long time without a hypomanic episode. you just need to have 1 hypomanic episode to be diagnosed and after that it's just how your brain works) there can be weeks to months between episodes (this is where that period of "normalcy" comes in) to immediately going into another episode. hope this is helpful!!
this is a lot of information so feel free to message me if I need to clear anything up or if you have any questions!! ❤️❤️
yes thank you!! It did help me because my psychiatrist didn't really go in depth about what bipolar is so I've just been trying to search it up online. But I think I'm in that "normalcy" period where things are going good with little bouts of depression just sprinkled in. I'm glad your medications are successful! I think I also have mixed episodes so it might be that or just "normalcy", can you have a manic episode then "normalcy" then back to manic or does there have to be a depression episode in between?
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