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
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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
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
121
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (119) Depressed mood (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (108) Insomnia (27)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (95) Depressed mood (4)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
83
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (81) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
Anxious mood (45) Insomnia (8)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (27) Depressed mood (12)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Depressed mood (25) Bipolar I Disorder (18)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (35) Depressed mood (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
Anxious mood (30) Insomnia (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Insomnia (30) Bipolar I Disorder (2)
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

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

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (51 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Rash or skin problems 26 more
How many evaluations
58
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (119) Depressed mood (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (53 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Sleepiness 53 more
How many evaluations
77
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (108) Insomnia (27)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) Tremor in hands 38 more
How many evaluations
56
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (95) Depressed mood (4)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Nightmares
How many evaluations
21
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (81) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Body Aches 18 more
How many evaluations
34
Tried for
Anxious mood (45) Insomnia (8)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Internal restlessness (akathisia) Weight gain 23 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (27) Depressed mood (12)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Aggression Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Depressed mood (25) Bipolar I Disorder (18)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Internal restlessness (akathisia) Akinesia 8 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (35) Depressed mood (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Cognitive confusion 4 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Anxious mood (30) Insomnia (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Morning sleepiness 10 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Insomnia (30) Bipolar I Disorder (2)
2 more

Data from patients with Bipolar I Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Bipolar I Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 31
20s 329
30s 535
40s 517
50s 384
60s 131
70+ 9

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

74% Females
26% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 780
20-29 years 309
30-39 years 157
40-49 years 61
50-59 years 15
60-69 years 4
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,518
Not Diagnosed 229

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