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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What people are taking for it

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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
240
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (240) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
172
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (164) Insomnia (27)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
136
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (136) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
102
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (102)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (78) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
Anxious mood (61) Insomnia (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
Depressed mood (33) Bipolar II Disorder (24)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Insomnia (44) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Pain (28) Bipolar II Disorder (9)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Depressed mood (26) Bipolar II Disorder (12)
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 (157 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Nausea 85 more
How many evaluations
161
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (240) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (86 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 73 more
How many evaluations
109
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (164) Insomnia (27)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (63 evaluations)
Side effects
Crying Irritability 8 more
How many evaluations
73
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (136) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Tremor in hands 56 more
How many evaluations
59
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (102)
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Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar II Disorder (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Weight gain 42 more
How many evaluations
71
Tried for
Bipolar II Disorder (78) Depressed mood (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Headaches 12 more
How many evaluations
45
Tried for
Anxious mood (61) Insomnia (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Decreased appetite 17 more
How many evaluations
32
Tried for
Depressed mood (33) Bipolar II Disorder (24)
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 17 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Insomnia (44) Bipolar II Disorder (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Confusion 30 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Pain (28) Bipolar II Disorder (9)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Aggression Apathy 19 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Depressed mood (26) Bipolar II Disorder (12)
1 more

Data from patients with Bipolar II Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Severe
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Who has Bipolar II Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 31
20s 649
30s 1,299
40s 1,737
50s 1,231
60s 424
70+ 57

Sex

Distribution of sex

82% Female
18% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,665
20-29 years 626
30-39 years 347
40-49 years 154
50-59 years 38
60-69 years 9
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,215
Not Diagnosed 265

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