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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
274
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (274) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
164
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (164) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
154
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (153) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (114)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (99) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
anxious mood (74) bipolar II disorder (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
depressed mood (36) bipolar II disorder (25)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
depressed mood (29) bipolar II disorder (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
Pain (24) bipolar II disorder (12)
2 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 (184 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 102 more
Total evaluations
193
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (274) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (85 evaluations)
Side effects
crying irritability 8 more
Total evaluations
98
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (164) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (83 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 71 more
Total evaluations
104
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (153) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (59 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive thirst (polydipsia) tremor in hands 61 more
Total evaluations
66
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (114)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (64 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness restlessness (akathisia) 47 more
Total evaluations
85
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (99) 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 (74) bipolar II disorder (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth 27 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
depressed mood (36) bipolar II disorder (25)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation anorgasmia 14 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
depressed mood (29) bipolar II disorder (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness confusion 27 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
Pain (24) bipolar II disorder (12)
2 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 35
20s 789
30s 1,704
40s 2,362
50s 1,653
60s 624
70+ 80
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,987
20-29 years 807
30-39 years 483
40-49 years 226
50-59 years 67
60-69 years 13
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,017
Not Diagnosed 279

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