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
193
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (193) Anxious mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
141
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (134) Insomnia (33)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
102
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (101) Depressed mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
90
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (90) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
Anxious mood (50) Insomnia (6)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (39) Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (25) Depressed mood (14)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Depressed mood (22) Bipolar II Disorder (16)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Anxious mood (33) Bipolar II Disorder (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Insomnia (28) 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
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (96 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Cognitive impairment 61 more
How many evaluations
103
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (193) Anxious mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 66 more
How many evaluations
77
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (134) Insomnia (33)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Lethargy Overwhelming emotions 4 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (101) Depressed mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Diarrhea 49 more
How many evaluations
54
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (90) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Drowsy in a.m. 11 more
How many evaluations
37
Tried for
Anxious mood (50) Insomnia (6)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Agitation Agitation with restlessness 23 more
How many evaluations
34
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (39) Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Restlessness Anxious mood 30 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (25) Depressed mood (14)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Irritability 13 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Depressed mood (22) Bipolar II Disorder (16)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Drowsiness 4 more
How many evaluations
22
Tried for
Anxious mood (33) Bipolar II Disorder (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Dizziness 7 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (28) 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 488
30s 739
40s 810
50s 530
60s 196
70+ 24

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,210
20-29 years 443
30-39 years 216
40-49 years 95
50-59 years 22
60-69 years 4
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,260
Not Diagnosed 248

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