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

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Treatments taken by people with bipolar I disorder

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

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
148
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (144) Insomnia (17)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
122
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (120) Depressed mood (5)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
117
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (117) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (107) Depressed mood (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (97) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
Anxious mood (48) bipolar I disorder (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Depressed mood (26) bipolar I disorder (16)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Depressed mood (25) bipolar I disorder (10)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (18) Depressed mood (12)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
Insomnia (29) bipolar I disorder (1)
1 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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (73 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 59 more
Total evaluations
93
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (144) Insomnia (17)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (59 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Insomnia 25 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (120) Depressed mood (5)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain agoraphobia 10 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (117) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (56 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Tremor(s) 53 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (107) Depressed mood (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (75 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 37 more
Total evaluations
80
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (97) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Fatigue 10 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
Anxious mood (48) bipolar I disorder (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar I disorder Bipolar rapid cycling 13 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
Depressed mood (26) bipolar I disorder (16)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar depressive episodes Depressed mood 7 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
Depressed mood (25) bipolar I disorder (10)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Agitation 17 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (18) Depressed mood (12)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anxious mood 8 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
Insomnia (29) bipolar I disorder (1)
1 more
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  • Slight
  • None
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  • 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 28
20s 495
30s 1,070
40s 1,305
50s 950
60s 332
70+ 38
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,224
20-29 years 492
30-39 years 250
40-49 years 115
50-59 years 24
60-69 years 5
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,383
Not Diagnosed 242

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