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
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
131
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (128) Insomnia (15)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
115
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (115) Anxious mood (2)
1 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 (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (96) Depressed mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (86) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Anxious mood (38) Bipolar I Disorder (4)
2 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 (15)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (16) Depressed mood (12)
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Treatment name(s)

(Saphris)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (28) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) Bipolar I Disorder (9)
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 (67 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 60 more
How many evaluations
85
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (128) Insomnia (15)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Agoraphobia 8 more
How many evaluations
61
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (115) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (56 evaluations)
Side effects
Insomnia Rashes (redness, swelling) 22 more
How many evaluations
72
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (105) Depressed mood (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dry mouth 51 more
How many evaluations
56
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (96) Depressed mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (67 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Internal restlessness (akathisia) 33 more
How many evaluations
71
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (86) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Fatigue 9 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
Anxious mood (38) Bipolar I Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar I Disorder Bipolar rapid cycling 13 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Depressed mood (24) Bipolar I Disorder (15)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Anger 17 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (16) Depressed mood (12)
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Treatment name(s)

(Saphris)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Blurry vision 15 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (28) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar depressive episodes Depressed mood 6 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) Bipolar I Disorder (9)
1 more

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

Who has Bipolar I Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 30
20s 462
30s 973
40s 1,170
50s 875
60s 297
70+ 33

Sex

Distribution of sex

79% Female
21% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,173
20-29 years 468
30-39 years 235
40-49 years 107
50-59 years 23
60-69 years 5
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,281
Not Diagnosed 241

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