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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
268
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (268) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
162
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (162) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
158
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (157) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
108
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (108)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
97
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (96) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
anxious mood (72) bipolar II disorder (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
depressed mood (35) bipolar II disorder (28)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
pain (24) bipolar II disorder (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
depressed mood (32) bipolar II disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar II disorder (17)
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 (184 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 100 more
Total evaluations
193
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (268) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (80 evaluations)
Side effects
crying irritability 8 more
Total evaluations
93
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (162) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (86 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 71 more
Total evaluations
107
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (157) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive thirst (polydipsia) tremor in hands 59 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (108)
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 (96) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (46 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness grogginess 12 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
anxious mood (72) bipolar II disorder (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth 29 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
depressed mood (35) bipolar II disorder (28)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness confusion 27 more
Total evaluations
26
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 (32) bipolar II disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation anorgasmia 14 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar II disorder (17)
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 36
20s 727
30s 1,597
40s 2,225
50s 1,592
60s 586
70+ 72
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,876
20-29 years 739
30-39 years 436
40-49 years 201
50-59 years 59
60-69 years 13
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,743
Not Diagnosed 275

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