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
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Treatments taken by people with bipolar II disorder

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

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
270
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (270) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
180
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (172) Insomnia (25)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
151
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (151) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (111)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (90) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
Anxious mood (69) Insomnia (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
Depressed mood (37) bipolar II disorder (28)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
Insomnia (47) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Pain (24) bipolar II disorder (11)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Depressed mood (28) bipolar II disorder (11)
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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (189 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Drowsiness 90 more
Total evaluations
197
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (270) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (95 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 78 more
Total evaluations
120
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (172) Insomnia (25)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (74 evaluations)
Side effects
Irritability Crying 8 more
Total evaluations
86
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (151) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (56 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) Tremor in hands 58 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (111)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (61 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Restlessness (akathisia) 44 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (90) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 12 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
Anxious mood (69) Insomnia (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Decreased appetite 28 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
Depressed mood (37) bipolar II disorder (28)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Groggy in morning Anxiety with missed dose 13 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
Insomnia (47) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Confusion 25 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
Pain (24) bipolar II disorder (11)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Aggression 15 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
Depressed mood (28) bipolar II disorder (11)
1 more
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  • Severe
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  • 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 36
20s 686
30s 1,414
40s 1,936
50s 1,354
60s 474
70+ 61
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,727
20-29 years 665
30-39 years 367
40-49 years 167
50-59 years 40
60-69 years 10
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

82% Female
18% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,372
Not Diagnosed 265

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