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
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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
224
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (224) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
162
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (154) Insomnia (28)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
128
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (128) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (92)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (75) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
Anxious mood (59) Insomnia (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
Depressed mood (32) Bipolar II Disorder (23)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Insomnia (40) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Pain (27) Bipolar II Disorder (8)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Depressed mood (26) Bipolar II Disorder (11)
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

You’ve tried
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 (140 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Nausea 82 more
How many evaluations
143
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (223) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (79 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 70 more
How many evaluations
102
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (154) Insomnia (28)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Crying Irritability 7 more
How many evaluations
67
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (128) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Tremor in hands 49 more
How many evaluations
54
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (92)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (53 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Weight gain 43 more
How many evaluations
70
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (75) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Headaches 12 more
How many evaluations
42
Tried for
Anxious mood (59) Insomnia (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Anxious mood 18 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Depressed mood (32) Bipolar II Disorder (23)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Groggy in morning Anxiety with missed dose 13 more
How many evaluations
19
Tried for
Insomnia (40) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Confusion 29 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (27) Bipolar II Disorder (8)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Aggression Apathy 19 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Depressed mood (26) Bipolar II Disorder (11)
1 more

Data from patients with Bipolar II Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
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  • Severe
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has Bipolar II Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 27
20s 619
30s 1,205
40s 1,559
50s 1,129
60s 386
70+ 55

Sex

Distribution of sex

81% Female
19% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,634
20-29 years 606
30-39 years 324
40-49 years 145
50-59 years 35
60-69 years 9
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,120
Not Diagnosed 265

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