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

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (95) Insomnia (21)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
94
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (93) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (81) Depressed mood (3)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
72
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (70) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (43) Depressed mood (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Anxious mood (38) Bipolar I Disorder (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) Bipolar I Disorder (13)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (17) Depressed mood (9)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Insomnia (22) Bipolar I Disorder (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Pain (15) Bipolar I Disorder (5)
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 (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Weight gain 42 more
How many evaluations
62
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (95) Insomnia (21)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Weight loss 22 more
How many evaluations
57
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (93) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Dry mouth 32 more
How many evaluations
39
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (81) Depressed mood (3)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Agoraphobia Panic attacks
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (70) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Internal restlessness (akathisia) Akinesia 19 more
How many evaluations
36
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (43) Depressed mood (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Body Aches 18 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Anxious mood (38) Bipolar I Disorder (4)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar rapid cycling Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) Bipolar I Disorder (13)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Blurry vision 21 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (17) Depressed mood (9)
2 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 (22) Bipolar I Disorder (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dizziness/walking like I'm drunk 4 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (15) Bipolar I Disorder (5)
2 more

Data from patients with Bipolar I Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Bipolar I Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 22
20s 346
30s 582
40s 571
50s 427
60s 152
70+ 14

Sex

Distribution of sex

75% Female
25% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 828
20-29 years 338
30-39 years 166
40-49 years 66
50-59 years 15
60-69 years 3
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,624
Not Diagnosed 231

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