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

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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
210
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (209) Anxious mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
152
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (141) Insomnia (35)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
113
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (112) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (99) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
Anxious mood (48) Insomnia (8)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Depressed mood (27) Bipolar II Disorder (22)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (26) Depressed mood (18)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Insomnia (40) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (35) Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Anxious mood (32) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
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

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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (92 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Cognitive impairment 59 more
How many evaluations
108
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (209) Anxious mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (51 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 62 more
How many evaluations
73
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (141) Insomnia (35)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Lethargy Overwhelming emotions 5 more
How many evaluations
35
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (112) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (47 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Diarrhea 47 more
How many evaluations
56
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (99) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Drowsy in a.m. 8 more
How many evaluations
34
Tried for
Anxious mood (48) Insomnia (8)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Irritability 16 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Depressed mood (27) Bipolar II Disorder (22)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Restlessness Fatigue 33 more
How many evaluations
32
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (26) Depressed mood (18)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsy in a.m. Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 12 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Insomnia (40) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Agitation Agitation with restlessness 20 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (35) Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Drowsiness 5 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Anxious mood (32) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
2 more

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 24
20s 468
30s 688
40s 741
50s 477
60s 178
70+ 21

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,136
20-29 years 412
30-39 years 191
40-49 years 91
50-59 years 21
60-69 years 3
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,112
Not Diagnosed 241

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