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
216
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (216) Anxious mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
150
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (141) Insomnia (33)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
110
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (109) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (93) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
Anxious mood (58) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (56) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
Depressed mood (30) Bipolar II Disorder (19)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (27) Depressed mood (18)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Depressed mood (21) Bipolar II Disorder (13)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Insomnia (33) 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

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 (105 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 78 more
How many evaluations
110
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (216) Anxious mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (56 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 63 more
How many evaluations
76
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (141) Insomnia (33)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty thinking Frustration 5 more
How many evaluations
34
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (109) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Tremor in hands 55 more
How many evaluations
57
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (93) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 11 more
How many evaluations
39
Tried for
Anxious mood (58) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Dizziness 37 more
How many evaluations
48
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (56) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Headaches 17 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Depressed mood (30) Bipolar II Disorder (19)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Fatigue 34 more
How many evaluations
34
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (27) Depressed mood (18)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Shaky hands Aggression 15 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Depressed mood (21) Bipolar II Disorder (13)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Groggy in morning 8 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Insomnia (33) 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 42
20s 570
30s 1,029
40s 1,215
50s 830
60s 279
70+ 34

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,433
20-29 years 539
30-39 years 273
40-49 years 118
50-59 years 28
60-69 years 6
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,740
Not Diagnosed 259

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