What is bipolar I? The typical bipolar I type will have the extreme moods such as intense mania and life-threatening depression. These moods and the patterns of experiencing these moods will vary from person to person with bipolar. The symptoms of this type of bipolar may often begin in late teen to early 20s. It can occur in later years as well, but not as common. Bipolar I symptoms can develop in a person and actually disappear without treatment for many years. Treatment for this type of bipolar can also make the disorder symptoms disappear but these symptoms can still occur at any time.
The episodes of mania and depression can range from one to up to twenty in a lifetime for a person with bipolar I disorder. The duration of either the mania or the depression can last for months at a time. Medical treatment for these episodes can have a person feeling better in a few days or week. Studies have found that people with bipolar I who quickly change from depression to mania (over the course of a few days) have a harder to treat illness than someone who first goes from a manic state to a depressive state.
Bipolar I is a manic-depressive mood disorder with full mania and full depressive episodes. Another common trait is the typical disappearance of these state for months at a time, where the person will appear ‘normal’.
Bipolar I is the more extreme degree of the bipolar disorder. Bipolar II and Cyclothymic Disorder being less extreme. All three of these types of mood disorders require some kind of medical treatment.