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
278
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (278) depressed mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
164
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (164) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
146
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (144) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
119
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (119)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (109) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
anxious mood (79) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
depressed mood (39) bipolar II disorder (29)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
depressed mood (32) bipolar II disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
anxious mood (41) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
depressed mood (29) bipolar II disorder (15)
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 (183 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 93 more
Total evaluations
193
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (278) depressed mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (81 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain crying 8 more
Total evaluations
93
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (164) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (75 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 65 more
Total evaluations
94
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (144) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (56 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands excessive thirst (polydipsia) 54 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (119)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (68 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness restlessness (akathisia) 48 more
Total evaluations
89
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (109) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness grogginess 12 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
anxious mood (79) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood headaches 36 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
depressed mood (39) bipolar II disorder (29)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness aggressive behavior 12 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
depressed mood (32) bipolar II disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 4 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
anxious mood (41) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain agitation 11 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
depressed mood (29) bipolar II disorder (15)
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 31
20s 819
30s 1,820
40s 2,542
50s 1,800
60s 712
70+ 111
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,095
20-29 years 890
30-39 years 541
40-49 years 253
50-59 years 81
60-69 years 14
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,342
Female 6,506

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,557
Not Diagnosed 268

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