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.

What is it like to have Bipolar I Disorder?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Quetiapine, Zolpidem, Trazodone
Lorazepam, Alprazolam, Clonazepam
Bupropion, Citalopram, Sertraline
Clonazepam, Lorazepam, Oxcarbazepine
Lorazepam, Benztropine, Alprazolam
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine, Methylphenidate, Vitamin B Complex
Olanzapine, Quetiapine, Mindfulness
Tramadol, Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen, Gabapentin
Haloperidol, L-Tyrosine
Nothing reported yet
Haloperidol, Ziprasidone, Chlorpromazine
Quetiapine, Haloperidol, Risperidone

What do patients take to treat Bipolar I Disorder and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Psychosexual therapy, Psychiatrist and Psychologist, Integrative Counselling, Licensed Social Worker)


(Lamictal Starter Kit (Orange), Lamictin, Lamictal Green, Lamogine)


(Ratio-Quetiapine, Dopaquel, Ketipinor, Cobalt-Quetiapine)


(Lithmax, Lithionit, Maniprex, Lithionate)


(Zedan, Amirozole, Abilify Discmelt, Abilify)


(Divalproex sodium ER, Epival, Encorate chrono, Divalproex DR)


(Perizal, Buzon, Risperdal Quicklets, Risperdal M-Tab)




(Forfivo XL, Voxra, Novo-Bupropion, Voxra)




(Yentreve, Cymgen, Yelate, Cymbalta)


(Novo-Olanzapine, Teva Olanzapine, Zyprexa Zydis, Zyprexa)


(Clonotril, APO Clonazepam, Klonopin Wafer, DOM-Clonazepam)


(Oxtellar XR, Oleptal, Trileptal)


(Epitol, Carbamazepine XR, Shire Carbamazepine, Hermolepsin retard)


These charts show data from Bipolar I patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Bipolar I Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 1,950 patients have this condition
  • 17 new patients joined this month
  • 1,171 say Bipolar I is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 44
20s 348
30s 497
40s 481
50s 326
60s 94
70+ 5


Distribution of females vs. males

75% Females
25% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 740
20-29 years 293
30-39 years 150
40-49 years 57
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 4
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,433
Not Diagnosed 228

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