Bipolar II Disorder

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What is Bipolar II Disorder?

Bipolar II disorder is a bipolar spectrum disorder characterized by at least one hypomanic episode and at least one major depressive episode; with this disorder, depressive episodes are more frequent and more intense than manic episodes.

Common symptoms reported by people with Bipolar II Disorder

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Treatments taken by people with Bipolar II Disorder

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
224
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (223) Anxious mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
173
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (157) Insomnia (40)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
116
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (114) Depressed mood (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
102
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (102) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
Anxious mood (55) Insomnia (9)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
Depressed mood (33) Bipolar II Disorder (23)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (30) Depressed mood (21)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
Insomnia (46) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
Anxious mood (42) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Depressed mood (28) Bipolar II Disorder (16)
2 more

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

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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (88 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Cognitive impairment 57 more
How many evaluations
104
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (223) Anxious mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 68 more
How many evaluations
79
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (157) Insomnia (40)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Emotional tension Lethargy 6 more
How many evaluations
38
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (114) Depressed mood (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Diarrhea 46 more
How many evaluations
57
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (102) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Drowsy in a.m. 6 more
How many evaluations
36
Tried for
Anxious mood (55) Insomnia (9)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Irritability 16 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Depressed mood (33) Bipolar II Disorder (23)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Restlessness Fatigue 32 more
How many evaluations
36
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (30) Depressed mood (21)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsy in a.m. Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 11 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Insomnia (46) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Brain fog 7 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Anxious mood (42) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Fatigue 23 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
Depressed mood (28) Bipolar II Disorder (16)
2 more

Data from patients with Bipolar II Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Bipolar II Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 26
20s 464
30s 657
40s 706
50s 455
60s 154
70+ 20

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

77% Females
23% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,102
20-29 years 398
30-39 years 188
40-49 years 89
50-59 years 20
60-69 years 3
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,045
Not Diagnosed 239

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