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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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)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (111) Insomnia (18)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
94
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (93) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
92
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (90) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (89) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (62) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
Anxious mood (38) Bipolar I Disorder (4)
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 (17)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Saphris)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (29) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
Insomnia (26) Bipolar I Disorder (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (15) Depressed mood (9)
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)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (61 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 58 more
How many evaluations
74
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (111) Insomnia (18)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Weight loss 20 more
How many evaluations
57
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (93) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Agoraphobia Hypothyroidism 3 more
How many evaluations
43
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (90) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Weight gain 40 more
How many evaluations
45
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (89) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (47 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Internal restlessness (akathisia) 22 more
How many evaluations
50
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (62) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Body Aches 10 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
Anxious mood (38) Bipolar I Disorder (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar rapid cycling Dry mouth 9 more
How many evaluations
21
Tried for
Depressed mood (25) Bipolar I Disorder (17)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Saphris)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty falling asleep Dizziness and feeling faint 15 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (29) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anxious mood 7 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (26) Bipolar I Disorder (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Internal restlessness (akathisia) 15 more
How many evaluations
22
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (15) Depressed mood (9)
2 more

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
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Who has Bipolar I Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 28
20s 405
30s 774
40s 871
50s 668
60s 227
70+ 21

Sex

Distribution of sex

78% Female
22% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,046
20-29 years 407
30-39 years 210
40-49 years 85
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 5
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,019
Not Diagnosed 238

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