Bipolar II disorder

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What is bipolar II disorder?

Bipolar II disorder is a bipolar spectrum disorder characterized by at least one hypomanic episode and at least one major depressive episode; with this disorder, depressive episodes are more frequent and more intense than manic episodes.

Common symptoms reported by people with bipolar II 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 II disorder

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

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
266
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (266) Depressed mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
165
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (160) Insomnia (19)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
163
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (163) Stress (3)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
108
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (108)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
95
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (94) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
Anxious mood (70) Insomnia (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
Depressed mood (36) bipolar II disorder (27)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Insomnia (43) bipolar II disorder (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Pain (25) bipolar II disorder (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
Depressed mood (32) bipolar II disorder (10)
1 more

Data from patients with bipolar II disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with bipolar II disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (188 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 99 more
Total evaluations
197
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (266) Depressed mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (90 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 76 more
Total evaluations
112
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (160) Insomnia (19)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (81 evaluations)
Side effects
Crying Irritability 8 more
Total evaluations
93
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (163) Stress (3)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) Tremor in hands 56 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (108)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (60 evaluations)
Side effects
Restlessness (akathisia) Sleepiness 45 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (94) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (47 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Grogginess 12 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
Anxious mood (70) Insomnia (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Dry mouth 28 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
Depressed mood (36) bipolar II disorder (27)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Groggy in morning Anxiety with missed dose 13 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Insomnia (43) bipolar II disorder (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Confusion 27 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
Pain (25) bipolar II disorder (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Aggressive behavior 13 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
Depressed mood (32) bipolar II disorder (10)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with bipolar II disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has bipolar II disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 28
20s 698
30s 1,493
40s 2,121
50s 1,506
60s 556
70+ 68
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,771
20-29 years 696
30-39 years 382
40-49 years 180
50-59 years 46
60-69 years 10
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,492
Not Diagnosed 267

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