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

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Treatments taken by people with Bipolar Disorder

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
418
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (415) Depressed mood (7)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
316
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (308) Depressed mood (39)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
308
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (308) Anxious mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
301
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (293) Insomnia (45)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
197
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (196) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
130
Tried for
Anxious mood (126) Insomnia (9)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
106
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (104) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (95) Insomnia (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
Insomnia (72) Bipolar Disorder (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
Depressed mood (55) Bipolar Disorder (18)
1 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

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 Disorder (212 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Rashes (redness, swelling) 102 more
How many evaluations
265
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (413) Depressed mood (7)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (169 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Headaches 101 more
How many evaluations
192
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (308) Depressed mood (39)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (172 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Insomnia 45 more
How many evaluations
200
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (307) Anxious mood (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (140 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 112 more
How many evaluations
178
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (292) Insomnia (45)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (104 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Weight gain 111 more
How many evaluations
120
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (196) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (86 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Fatigue 21 more
How many evaluations
97
Tried for
Anxious mood (126) Insomnia (9)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (64 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Fatigue 47 more
How many evaluations
78
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (104) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Constant hunger 29 more
How many evaluations
53
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (95) Insomnia (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (44 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsy in a.m. 23 more
How many evaluations
49
Tried for
Insomnia (72) Bipolar Disorder (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (35 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Irritability 21 more
How many evaluations
47
Tried for
Depressed mood (55) Bipolar Disorder (18)
1 more

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 229
20s 1,664
30s 3,453
40s 5,058
50s 3,809
60s 1,375
70+ 158

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,021
20-29 years 1,019
30-39 years 612
40-49 years 302
50-59 years 93
60-69 years 20
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,687
Not Diagnosed 311

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