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)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
138
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (137) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
126
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (124) depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
112
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (112) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
105
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (105) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
97
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (97) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
anxious mood (45) bipolar I disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
depressed mood (30) bipolar I disorder (16)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
depressed mood (29) bipolar I disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (18) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Pain (16) anxious mood (6)
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

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

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (72 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 56 more
Total evaluations
91
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (137) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (61 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) weight gain 27 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (124) depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (59 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain agoraphobia 11 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (112) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (82 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) nausea 38 more
Total evaluations
87
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (105) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (51 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor(s) weight gain 55 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (97) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 7 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
anxious mood (45) bipolar I disorder (3)
2 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 (30) bipolar I disorder (16)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes decreased sex drive (libido) 8 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (29) bipolar I disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness agitation 17 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (18) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness bladder problems 12 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
Pain (16) anxious mood (6)
2 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 34
20s 617
30s 1,310
40s 1,669
50s 1,239
60s 419
70+ 64
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,499
20-29 years 641
30-39 years 375
40-49 years 171
50-59 years 41
60-69 years 7
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,026
Not Diagnosed 259

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