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
132
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (131) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
131
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (129) depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
112
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (111) anxious mood (4)
2 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)

(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
51
Tried for
anxious mood (48) bipolar I disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
depressed mood (33) 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
32
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (19) depressed mood (12)
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 (68 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 50 more
Total evaluations
85
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (131) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (62 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) weight gain 27 more
Total evaluations
84
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (129) depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (60 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood weight gain 11 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (111) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (84 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea restlessness (akathisia) 38 more
Total evaluations
89
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (108) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (51 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain tremor(s) 56 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (97) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 7 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
anxious mood (48) bipolar I disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar I disorder bipolar rapid cycling 17 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
depressed mood (33) 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 18 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (19) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness bladder problems 13 more
Total evaluations
26
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 32
20s 633
30s 1,371
40s 1,739
50s 1,302
60s 450
70+ 68
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,554
20-29 years 681
30-39 years 399
40-49 years 175
50-59 years 45
60-69 years 8
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,174
Not Diagnosed 260

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