Current Research On Bipolar Disorder II

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Current Research on Bipolar Disorder II
Shannon J. Oliveira
American School of Professional Psychology
Psychopathology
Fall 2014
Current Research on Bipolar Disorder II
The following is a review of recent peer reviewed research articles in the field of psychology contributing to new information on the diagnosis, treatment, and outcome measures for Bipolar Disorder II (BDII). First, you will find a description of the diagnostic presentation of BDII, followed by the corresponding results of the research, and ending with an explanation of how the following research will influence our work as mental health practitioners.

Bipolar II Description
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition (DSM-5) describes BDII as an instability of mood categorized by the lifetime prevalence of at least one major depressive episode and at least one hypomanic episode (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Generally speaking, a major depressive episode consists of a depressed or consistent low mood for a period of at least two weeks. A hypomanic episode on the other hand, consists of a period of elevated, expansive, or irritable mood lasting at least 4 consecutive days. Both episodes generally cause serious implications on the individual’s daily living in regards to social, academic, and work environments.
For a diagnosis to be made by the DSM-5, a list of particular criteria must be met, and specific information such as what the individuals current or most recent…
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