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
279
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (279) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
165
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (165) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
152
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (151) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
117
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (117)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
102
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (101) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
anxious mood (76) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
depressed mood (38) bipolar II disorder (28)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Pain (24) bipolar II disorder (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
depressed mood (33) bipolar II disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
depressed mood (27) 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 (185 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 102 more
Total evaluations
194
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (279) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (84 evaluations)
Side effects
crying irritability 8 more
Total evaluations
97
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (165) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (81 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 67 more
Total evaluations
102
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (151) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (58 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive thirst (polydipsia) tremor in hands 60 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (117)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (64 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness restlessness (akathisia) 47 more
Total evaluations
85
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (101) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (47 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness grogginess 12 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
anxious mood (76) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth 34 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
depressed mood (38) bipolar II disorder (28)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness confusion 28 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
Pain (24) bipolar II disorder (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness aggressive behavior 13 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (33) bipolar II disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation anorgasmia 13 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (27) 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 35
20s 815
30s 1,740
40s 2,407
50s 1,689
60s 644
70+ 85
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,027
20-29 years 833
30-39 years 506
40-49 years 233
50-59 years 72
60-69 years 14
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,118
Not Diagnosed 281

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