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
424
Tried for
bipolar disorder (421) depressed mood (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
303
Tried for
bipolar disorder (303) anxious mood (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
292
Tried for
bipolar disorder (285) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
273
Tried for
bipolar disorder (269) depressed mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
183
Tried for
bipolar disorder (183) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
116
Tried for
anxious mood (116)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
112
Tried for
bipolar disorder (111) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
Tried for
depressed mood (70) bipolar disorder (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
bipolar disorder (78) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
bipolar disorder (76) pain (3)
2 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 (263 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain rashes (redness, swelling) 98 more
Total evaluations
312
Tried for
bipolar disorder (421) depressed mood (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (176 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood overwhelming emotions 32 more
Total evaluations
196
Tried for
bipolar disorder (303) anxious mood (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (171 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain restlessness (akathisia) 85 more
Total evaluations
191
Tried for
bipolar disorder (285) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (141 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 99 more
Total evaluations
174
Tried for
bipolar disorder (269) depressed mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (92 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands weight gain 91 more
Total evaluations
102
Tried for
bipolar disorder (183) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (84 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 18 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
anxious mood (116)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (64 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 46 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
bipolar disorder (111) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 21 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
depressed mood (70) bipolar disorder (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (40 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
bipolar disorder (78) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (39 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness weight gain 19 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
bipolar disorder (76) pain (3)
2 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
<20 210
20s 2116
30s 4827
40s 7275
50s 5935
60s 2503
70+ 327
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4030
20-29 years 1620
30-39 years 1057
40-49 years 547
50-59 years 171
60-69 years 35
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3856
Female 19431

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8820
Not Diagnosed 365

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