Bipolar I Disorder

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What is Bipolar I Disorder?

Bipolar I disorder is a mood disorder that is characterized by at least one manic or mixed episode. There may be episodes of hypomania or major depression as well. It is considered a sub-diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and conforms to the classic concept of manic-depressive illness.

Common symptoms reported by people with Bipolar I Disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Bipolar I Disorder

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
123
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (122) Depressed mood (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
121
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (117) Insomnia (30)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
102
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (101) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
90
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (88) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
Anxious mood (47) Insomnia (9)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (27) Depressed mood (12)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) Insomnia (5)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Depressed mood (27) Bipolar I Disorder (18)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (33) Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Depressed mood (26) Bipolar I Disorder (6)
1 more

Data from patients with Bipolar I Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Bipolar I Disorder

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Nausea 26 more
How many evaluations
55
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (122) Depressed mood (5)
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (55 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 59 more
How many evaluations
93
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (117) Insomnia (30)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (43 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Weight gain 41 more
How many evaluations
59
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (101) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Nightmares
How many evaluations
22
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (88) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Body Aches 17 more
How many evaluations
36
Tried for
Anxious mood (47) Insomnia (9)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Internal Restlessness (Akathisia) Weight gain 23 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (27) Depressed mood (12)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Cognitive confusion 4 more
How many evaluations
19
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) Insomnia (5)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Aggression Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Depressed mood (27) Bipolar I Disorder (18)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Internal Restlessness (Akathisia) Akinesia 6 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (33) Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Sweating Bruxism (teeth grinding) 5 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Depressed mood (26) Bipolar I Disorder (6)
1 more

Data from patients with Bipolar I Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Bipolar I Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 32
20s 337
30s 523
40s 517
50s 376
60s 126
70+ 9

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

75% Females
25% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 778
20-29 years 309
30-39 years 155
40-49 years 62
50-59 years 14
60-69 years 4
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,510
Not Diagnosed 228

These charts show data from Bipolar I patients who have completed their condition history
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