Bipolar disorder

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What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also referred to as bipolar affective disorder or manic depression, describes a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition, and mood with or without one or more depressive episodes.

Common symptoms reported by people with bipolar 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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with bipolar disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
467
Tried for
bipolar disorder (466) depressed mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
345
Tried for
bipolar disorder (337) depressed mood (37)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
325
Tried for
bipolar disorder (324) anxious mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
318
Tried for
bipolar disorder (315) depressed mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
210
Tried for
bipolar disorder (209) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
138
Tried for
anxious mood (136) bipolar disorder (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
122
Tried for
bipolar disorder (120) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
bipolar disorder (91) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
Tried for
depressed mood (68) bipolar disorder (18)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
bipolar disorder (75) Pain (3)
3 more

Data from patients with bipolar disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with bipolar disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (266 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) weight gain 105 more
Total evaluations
322
Tried for
bipolar disorder (466) depressed mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (198 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain restlessness (akathisia) 109 more
Total evaluations
222
Tried for
bipolar disorder (337) depressed mood (37)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (191 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood insomnia 43 more
Total evaluations
217
Tried for
bipolar disorder (324) anxious mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (158 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 108 more
Total evaluations
195
Tried for
bipolar disorder (315) depressed mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (99 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands weight gain 97 more
Total evaluations
115
Tried for
bipolar disorder (209) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (99 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
105
Tried for
anxious mood (136) bipolar disorder (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (71 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 50 more
Total evaluations
82
Tried for
bipolar disorder (120) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (44 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain constant hunger 28 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
bipolar disorder (91) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 18 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
depressed mood (68) bipolar disorder (18)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (42 evaluations)
Side effects
acne breakout weight gain 26 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
bipolar disorder (75) Pain (3)
3 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with bipolar disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has bipolar disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 280
20s 2,203
30s 4,766
40s 7,108
50s 5,318
60s 2,089
70+ 252
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,839
20-29 years 1,508
30-39 years 975
40-49 years 510
50-59 years 157
60-69 years 31
70+ years 5

Sex

Distribution of sex

84% Female
16% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7,672
Not Diagnosed 425

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