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

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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
260
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (260) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
179
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (171) Insomnia (26)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
150
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (150) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (111)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (86) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
Anxious mood (67) Insomnia (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
Depressed mood (37) Bipolar II Disorder (26)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
Insomnia (46) Bipolar II Disorder (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Pain (24) Bipolar II Disorder (10)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Depressed mood (27) 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
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (177 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Drowsiness 87 more
Total evaluations
185
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (260) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (95 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 78 more
Total evaluations
120
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (171) Insomnia (26)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (70 evaluations)
Side effects
Irritability Crying 8 more
Total evaluations
82
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (150) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (60 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 58 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (111)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (59 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Suicidal thoughts or urges 44 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (86) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Grogginess 12 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
Anxious mood (67) Insomnia (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Decreased appetite 26 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
Depressed mood (37) Bipolar II Disorder (26)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Groggy in morning Anxiety with missed dose 14 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Insomnia (46) Bipolar II Disorder (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Confusion 24 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
Pain (24) Bipolar II Disorder (10)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Aggression 15 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
Depressed mood (27) Bipolar II Disorder (11)
1 more
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  • 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 677
30s 1,379
40s 1,879
50s 1,309
60s 460
70+ 59
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,712
20-29 years 656
30-39 years 362
40-49 years 163
50-59 years 39
60-69 years 10
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

82% Female
18% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,336
Not Diagnosed 265

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