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
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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

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
112
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (109) Insomnia (15)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (87) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
85
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (83) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (83) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (64) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Bipolar I Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Depressed mood (23) 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
26
Tried for
Insomnia (25) 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 (59 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 57 more
How many evaluations
74
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (109) Insomnia (15)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (43 evaluations)
Side effects
Insomnia Tremor in hands 14 more
How many evaluations
50
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (87) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (32 evaluations)
Side effects
Agoraphobia Hypothyroidism 3 more
How many evaluations
41
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (83) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Tremor in hands 40 more
How many evaluations
46
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (83) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Internal restlessness (akathisia) 25 more
How many evaluations
52
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (64) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Body Aches 10 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) 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
25
Tried for
Depressed mood (23) Bipolar I Disorder (17)
1 more
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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 (29) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anxious mood 7 more
How many evaluations
11
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 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
  • None

Who has Bipolar I Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 26
20s 400
30s 781
40s 879
50s 681
60s 241
70+ 21

Sex

Distribution of sex

78% Female
22% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,055
20-29 years 413
30-39 years 208
40-49 years 84
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 5
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,033
Not Diagnosed 239

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