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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with bipolar I disorder

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

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
137
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (136) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
123
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (121) depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
111
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (111) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (101) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (96) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
anxious mood (45) bipolar I disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
depressed mood (28) bipolar I disorder (15)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (28) bipolar I disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (17) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
Pain (14) anxious mood (7)
2 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

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

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (71 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 56 more
Total evaluations
90
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (136) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (60 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) weight gain 27 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (121) depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (58 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain agoraphobia 11 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (111) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (78 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea restlessness (akathisia) 38 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (101) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (51 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor(s) weight gain 55 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (96) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 7 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
anxious mood (45) bipolar I disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar I disorder bipolar rapid cycling 16 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
depressed mood (28) bipolar I disorder (15)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes decreased sex drive (libido) 8 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
depressed mood (28) bipolar I disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness agitation 17 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (17) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness bladder problems 12 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (14) anxious mood (7)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with bipolar I disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has bipolar I disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 33
20s 586
30s 1,273
40s 1,606
50s 1,189
60s 403
70+ 60
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,454
20-29 years 611
30-39 years 344
40-49 years 161
50-59 years 34
60-69 years 7
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,901
Not Diagnosed 253

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