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Bipolar II Disorder is a bipolar spectrum disorder that is characterized by at least one hypomanic episode and at least one major depressive episode. It is believed to be underdiagnosed because hypomanic behavior often presents as high-functioning.[How to reference and link to summary or text]

DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Criteria[1][edit | edit source]

A. Presence (or history) of one or more Major Depressive Episodes.

B. Presence (or history) of at least one Hypomanic Episode.

C. There has never been a Manic Episode or a Mixed Episode.

D. The mood symptoms in Criteria A and B are not better accounted for by Schizoaffective Disorder and are not superimposed on Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform Disorder, Delusional Disorder, or Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

E. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

Specifiers[edit | edit source]

  • Chronic
  • With Catatonic Features
  • With Melancholic Features
  • With Atypical Features
  • With Postpartum Onset
  • Longitudinal Course Specifiers (With and Without Interepisode Recovery)
  • With Seasonal Pattern (applies only to the pattern of Major Depressive Episodes)
  • With Rapid Cyclin

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. (2000) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (Text Revision), American Psychiatric Association.
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