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

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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
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
128
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (125) Insomnia (15)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
107
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (107) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (97) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (91) Depressed mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (80) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Bipolar I Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
Depressed mood (24) Bipolar I Disorder (15)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Insomnia (28) Bipolar I Disorder (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Saphris)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (28) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (15) Depressed mood (11)

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)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (65 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 58 more
How many evaluations
82
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (125) Insomnia (15)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Agoraphobia 8 more
How many evaluations
57
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (107) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (51 evaluations)
Side effects
Insomnia Tremor in hands 19 more
How many evaluations
58
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (97) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (44 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Tremor in hands 47 more
How many evaluations
50
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (91) Depressed mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (64 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 34 more
How many evaluations
68
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (80) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Crying 9 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Bipolar I Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar I Disorder Bipolar rapid cycling 13 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Depressed mood (24) Bipolar I Disorder (15)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anxious mood 6 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Insomnia (28) Bipolar I Disorder (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Saphris)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty falling asleep Dizziness and feeling faint 16 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (28) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Anger 17 more
How many evaluations
22
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (15) Depressed mood (11)

Data from patients with Bipolar I Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
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  • Severe
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has Bipolar I Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 28
20s 443
30s 907
40s 1,048
50s 817
60s 284
70+ 30

Sex

Distribution of sex

78% Female
22% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,143
20-29 years 450
30-39 years 219
40-49 years 95
50-59 years 23
60-69 years 5
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,207
Not Diagnosed 240

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