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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
144
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (138) Insomnia (16)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
116
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (114) Depressed mood (5)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
113
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (113) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (99) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
94
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (94) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Anxious mood (43) bipolar I disorder (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Depressed mood (25) bipolar I disorder (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Depressed mood (28) bipolar I disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
Insomnia (30) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (16) Depressed mood (12)
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

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

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (66 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 55 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (138) Insomnia (16)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Insomnia Rashes (redness, swelling) 26 more
Total evaluations
81
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (114) Depressed mood (5)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (52 evaluations)
Side effects
agoraphobia Flashbacks 10 more
Total evaluations
66
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (113) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (75 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Restlessness (akathisia) 37 more
Total evaluations
80
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (99) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Tremor(s) 49 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (95) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Fatigue 8 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
Anxious mood (43) bipolar I disorder (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar I disorder Bipolar rapid cycling 14 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
Depressed mood (25) bipolar I disorder (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar depressive episodes Depressed mood 8 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Depressed mood (28) bipolar I disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Bad dreams 8 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
Insomnia (30) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Agitation 17 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (16) Depressed mood (12)
1 more
  • 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 29
20s 506
30s 1,089
40s 1,350
50s 987
60s 346
70+ 42
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,243
20-29 years 497
30-39 years 255
40-49 years 120
50-59 years 25
60-69 years 5
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,413
Not Diagnosed 245

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