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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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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (109) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
106
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (102) Insomnia (27)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (90) Depressed mood (4)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
78
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (76) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
Anxious mood (41) Insomnia (8)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (24) Depressed mood (12)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Depressed mood (27) Bipolar I Disorder (16)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (36) Depressed mood (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
Insomnia (28) Bipolar I Disorder (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Anxious mood (24) Insomnia (4)
3 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)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Rash or skin problems Tremor in hands 23 more
How many evaluations
55
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (109) Depressed mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Sleepiness 50 more
How many evaluations
69
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (102) Insomnia (27)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) Tremor in hands 37 more
How many evaluations
55
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (90) Depressed mood (4)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Nightmares
How many evaluations
22
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (76) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Body Aches 19 more
How many evaluations
35
Tried for
Anxious mood (41) Insomnia (8)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Restlessness Weight gain 22 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (24) Depressed mood (12)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Aggression Bipolar rapid cycling 6 more
How many evaluations
22
Tried for
Depressed mood (27) Bipolar I Disorder (16)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar I Disorder (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Internal restlessness (akathisia) Akinesia 13 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Bipolar I Disorder (36) Depressed mood (3)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Morning sleepiness 10 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Insomnia (28) Bipolar I Disorder (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Cognitive confusion 4 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Anxious mood (24) Insomnia (4)
3 more

Data from patients with Bipolar I Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
  • None
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  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Bipolar I Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 26
20s 327
30s 537
40s 526
50s 391
60s 144
70+ 10

Sex

Distribution of sex

74% Female
26% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 782
20-29 years 314
30-39 years 158
40-49 years 61
50-59 years 15
60-69 years 4
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,526
Not Diagnosed 231

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