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
136
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (135) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
117
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (116) depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
110
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (110) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (101) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (93) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
depressed mood (28) bipolar I disorder (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (28) bipolar I disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (16) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
pain (15) bipolar I disorder (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 (69 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 54 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (135) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) insomnia 25 more
Total evaluations
80
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (116) depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain agoraphobia 11 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (110) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (74 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea restlessness (akathisia) 37 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (101) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (52 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain tremor(s) 55 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (93) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 7 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
anxious mood (43) 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 17 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
depressed mood (28) bipolar I disorder (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes drowsy in a.m. 9 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
depressed mood (28) 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 (16) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness bladder problems 12 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (15) bipolar I disorder (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 27
20s 534
30s 1,202
40s 1,477
50s 1,115
60s 379
70+ 54
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,346
20-29 years 554
30-39 years 303
40-49 years 143
50-59 years 32
60-69 years 6
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,662
Not Diagnosed 249

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