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)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (122) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
124
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (123) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
108
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (108) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
107
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (107) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (98) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
anxious mood (49) bipolar I disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
depressed mood (34) bipolar I disorder (16)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar I disorder (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (19) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (7)
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)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (60 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) weight gain 30 more
Total evaluations
82
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (122) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (61 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 44 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (123) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (81 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) nausea 36 more
Total evaluations
86
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (108) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (60 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood flashbacks 12 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (107) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (51 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain tremor(s) 54 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (98) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 9 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
anxious mood (49) bipolar I disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar I disorder bipolar rapid cycling 16 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
depressed mood (34) bipolar I disorder (16)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes decreased sex drive (libido) 8 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar I disorder (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness agitation 16 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (19) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness/walking like I'm drunk 13 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (7)
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 30
20s 607
30s 1,389
40s 1,759
50s 1,337
60s 473
70+ 72
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,563
20-29 years 687
30-39 years 402
40-49 years 176
50-59 years 46
60-69 years 9
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,107
Female 4,548

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,469
Not Diagnosed 243

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