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
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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with bipolar I disorder

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

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
112
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (112) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (109) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (103) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
90
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (90) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (86) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
depressed mood (32) bipolar I disorder (15)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
anxious mood (42) bipolar I disorder (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
pain (19) bipolar I disorder (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
anxious mood (31)

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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (87 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) nausea 36 more
Total evaluations
91
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (112) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (60 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 44 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (109) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (54 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) insomnia 24 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (103) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (53 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks weight gain 12 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (90) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (53 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor(s) weight gain 56 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (86) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar I disorder bipolar rapid cycling 16 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
depressed mood (32) bipolar I disorder (15)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 9 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
anxious mood (42) bipolar I disorder (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness/walking like I'm drunk 14 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (19) bipolar I disorder (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness muscle tension 18 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (18) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness daytime sleepiness 6 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (31)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • 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 27
20s 587
30s 1385
40s 1841
50s 1482
60s 557
70+ 87
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1595
20-29 years 701
30-39 years 414
40-49 years 185
50-59 years 48
60-69 years 9
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1150
Female 4809

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3595
Not Diagnosed 247

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