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

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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
254
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (254) depressed mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
156
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (155) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
129
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (126) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
106
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (106)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (97) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
anxious mood (73) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
depressed mood (36) bipolar II disorder (30)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar II disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
anxious mood (37) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
depressed mood (25) bipolar II disorder (14)
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 (163 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness headaches 79 more
Total evaluations
175
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (254) depressed mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (75 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain crying 6 more
Total evaluations
87
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (155) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (72 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 64 more
Total evaluations
90
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (126) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (47 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands excessive thirst (polydipsia) 46 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (106)
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 (97) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess headaches 12 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
anxious mood (73) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood headaches 38 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
depressed mood (36) bipolar II disorder (30)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness aggressive behavior 15 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar II disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 3 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (37) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 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 (14)
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 792
30s 1,805
40s 2,522
50s 1,884
60s 761
70+ 121
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,105
20-29 years 894
30-39 years 544
40-49 years 254
50-59 years 81
60-69 years 14
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,349
Female 6,578

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,596
Not Diagnosed 267

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