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
252
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (252) depressed mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
155
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (154) stress (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
128
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (124) depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (107) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
anxious mood (70) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
depressed mood (37) bipolar II disorder (29)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar II disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar II disorder (16)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (25) bipolar II disorder (13)
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 (165 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness headaches 88 more
Total evaluations
177
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (252) depressed mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (72 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 6 more
Total evaluations
84
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (154) stress (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (70 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 66 more
Total evaluations
89
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (124) depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (45 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands excessive thirst (polydipsia) 42 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (107) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (62 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) sleepiness 47 more
Total evaluations
81
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (99) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (35 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess sedation 11 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
anxious mood (70) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood mood swings 35 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
depressed mood (37) bipolar II disorder (29)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness aggressive behavior 15 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar II disorder (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) difficulty with orgasm 25 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar II disorder (16)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation anorgasmia 10 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
depressed mood (25) bipolar II disorder (13)
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 782
30s 1790
40s 2552
50s 1903
60s 791
70+ 125
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2110
20-29 years 897
30-39 years 545
40-49 years 255
50-59 years 82
60-69 years 14
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1355
Female 6630

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4622
Not Diagnosed 269

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