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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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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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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
116
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (113) Insomnia (15)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (92) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
83
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (82) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (80) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (66) Depressed mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Anxious mood (32) Bipolar I Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
Depressed mood (21) Bipolar I Disorder (15)
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Treatment name(s)

(Saphris)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (27) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Insomnia (25) Bipolar I Disorder (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (14) Depressed mood (10)

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 (62 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 57 more
How many evaluations
78
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (113) Insomnia (15)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Insomnia Tremor in hands 18 more
How many evaluations
53
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (92) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Agoraphobia Hypothyroidism 3 more
How many evaluations
37
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (82) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Tremor in hands 41 more
How many evaluations
44
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (80) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (52 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Internal restlessness (akathisia) 26 more
How many evaluations
56
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (66) Depressed mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Crying 9 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Anxious mood (32) Bipolar I Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar rapid cycling Dry mouth 12 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Depressed mood (21) Bipolar I Disorder (15)
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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 (27) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anxious mood 6 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (25) Bipolar I Disorder (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Anger 15 more
How many evaluations
22
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (14) Depressed mood (10)

Data from patients with Bipolar I Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Mild
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Who has Bipolar I Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 26
20s 406
30s 810
40s 915
50s 702
60s 251
70+ 27

Sex

Distribution of sex

78% Female
22% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,076
20-29 years 419
30-39 years 207
40-49 years 88
50-59 years 20
60-69 years 5
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,071
Not Diagnosed 240

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