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

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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
118
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (114) Insomnia (19)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
106
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (105) Depressed mood (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (99) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
88
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (86) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (56) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Anxious mood (43) Bipolar I Disorder (5)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Depressed mood (24) Bipolar I Disorder (17)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (19) Depressed mood (12)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Saphris)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (25) Anxious mood (1)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) Bipolar I Disorder (8)
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
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (55 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 50 more
How many evaluations
67
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (114) Insomnia (19)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (52 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Weight loss 24 more
How many evaluations
62
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (105) Depressed mood (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Weight gain 43 more
How many evaluations
46
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (99) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Agoraphobia Hypothyroidism 1 more
How many evaluations
35
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (86) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Internal restlessness (akathisia) Nausea 19 more
How many evaluations
42
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (56) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Body Aches 11 more
How many evaluations
34
Tried for
Anxious mood (43) Bipolar I Disorder (5)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar rapid cycling Dry mouth 8 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Depressed mood (24) Bipolar I Disorder (17)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Drowsiness 21 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (19) Depressed mood (12)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Saphris)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty falling asleep Dizziness and feeling faint 18 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (25) Anxious mood (1)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Drowsiness 3 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) Bipolar I Disorder (8)
1 more

Data from patients with Bipolar I Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
  • None
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  • Severe
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has Bipolar I Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 33
20s 424
30s 773
40s 847
50s 650
60s 202
70+ 17

Sex

Distribution of sex

78% Female
22% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,036
20-29 years 398
30-39 years 205
40-49 years 83
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 4
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,984
Not Diagnosed 240

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