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
113
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (112) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
106
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (106) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (103) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
97
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (97) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (88) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
depressed mood (33) bipolar I disorder (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
anxious mood (42) bipolar I disorder (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (17) bipolar I disorder (7)
2 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)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
anxious mood (28)

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 (60 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 42 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (112) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (83 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) nausea 35 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (106) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) weight gain 30 more
Total evaluations
78
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (103) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (55 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood flashbacks 12 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (97) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (49 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor(s) weight gain 47 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (88) depressed mood (3)
1 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
34
Tried for
depressed mood (33) bipolar I disorder (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 9 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
anxious mood (42) bipolar I disorder (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness/walking like I'm drunk 12 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (17) bipolar I disorder (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness agitation 15 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (17) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (28)
  • 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 25
20s 591
30s 1,387
40s 1,738
50s 1,405
60s 501
70+ 77
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,572
20-29 years 691
30-39 years 404
40-49 years 179
50-59 years 47
60-69 years 9
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,114
Female 4,600

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,502
Not Diagnosed 245

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