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
431
Tried for
bipolar disorder (429) depressed mood (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
311
Tried for
bipolar disorder (310) anxious mood (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
304
Tried for
bipolar disorder (298) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
278
Tried for
bipolar disorder (275) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
191
Tried for
bipolar disorder (190) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
119
Tried for
anxious mood (118) irritability (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
116
Tried for
bipolar disorder (115) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
bipolar disorder (82) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
depressed mood (63) bipolar disorder (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
bipolar disorder (77) 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 (264 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) weight gain 94 more
Total evaluations
313
Tried for
bipolar disorder (429) depressed mood (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (178 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood crying 32 more
Total evaluations
199
Tried for
bipolar disorder (310) anxious mood (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (176 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain restlessness (akathisia) 84 more
Total evaluations
193
Tried for
bipolar disorder (298) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (143 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 98 more
Total evaluations
177
Tried for
bipolar disorder (275) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (94 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands weight gain 98 more
Total evaluations
107
Tried for
bipolar disorder (190) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (85 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 17 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
anxious mood (118) irritability (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (67 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 46 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
bipolar disorder (115) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (39 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 20 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
bipolar disorder (82) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 17 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
depressed mood (63) bipolar disorder (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (39 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness weight gain 20 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
bipolar disorder (77) 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
<20 260
20s 2,228
30s 4,910
40s 7,312
50s 5,673
60s 2,307
70+ 283
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4,014
20-29 years 1,600
30-39 years 1,040
40-49 years 538
50-59 years 167
60-69 years 33
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3,832
Female 19,235

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8,692
Not Diagnosed 363

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