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Mar 31, 2015

Alongside the recent move towards dimensional diagnosis of psychiatric illness, there appears to be a tendency to dismiss Bipolar Affective Disorder – Type II as merely a less severe form of Type I. In the April 2015 podcast of Australasian Psychiatry, Scientia Professor Gordon Parker of the Black Dog Institute argues that bipolar I and II are categorically distinct entities which share hypomanic/manic symptoms but which can be differentiated by the presence of psychotic symptoms only in type I illness.