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
285
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (285) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
166
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (166) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
146
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (145) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
121
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (121)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (103) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
anxious mood (75) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
depressed mood (39) bipolar II disorder (28)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (22)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
depressed mood (33) bipolar II disorder (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
depressed mood (28) bipolar II disorder (15)
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 (185 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 102 more
Total evaluations
194
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (285) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (83 evaluations)
Side effects
crying irritability 8 more
Total evaluations
96
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (166) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (79 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 66 more
Total evaluations
100
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (145) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (60 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive thirst (polydipsia) tremor in hands 59 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (120)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (62 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) sleepiness 46 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (103) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (48 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness grogginess 12 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
anxious mood (75) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood headaches 35 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
depressed mood (39) bipolar II disorder (28)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation anxious mood 9 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (22)
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 (33) bipolar II disorder (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation anorgasmia 13 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (28) bipolar II disorder (15)
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 37
20s 836
30s 1,825
40s 2,479
50s 1,762
60s 671
70+ 93
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,094
20-29 years 880
30-39 years 535
40-49 years 249
50-59 years 79
60-69 years 14
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,298
Not Diagnosed 285

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