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
207
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (206) depressed mood (4)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
123
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (122) stress (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (95) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (87) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (84) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
depressed mood (41) bipolar II disorder (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
anxious mood (57) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
anxious mood (35) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (26) bipolar II disorder (11)
2 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 (139 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness headaches 85 more
Total evaluations
149
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (206) depressed mood (4)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (63 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 5 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (122) stress (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (49 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 34 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (95) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (39 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands excessive thirst (polydipsia) 39 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (87) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (54 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) sleepiness 43 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (84) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood increased sex drive (libido) 34 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
depressed mood (41) bipolar II disorder (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation drooling especially at night 11 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
anxious mood (57) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness difficulty sleeping when on full dose 19 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 1 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
anxious mood (35) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
aggressive behavior auditory hallucinations 11 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
depressed mood (26) bipolar II disorder (11)
2 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 29
20s 713
30s 1790
40s 2608
50s 2067
60s 928
70+ 175
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2123
20-29 years 900
30-39 years 548
40-49 years 260
50-59 years 82
60-69 years 14
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1415
Female 6907

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4679
Not Diagnosed 270

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