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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
449
Tried for
bipolar disorder (448) depressed mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
343
Tried for
bipolar disorder (334) depressed mood (38)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
315
Tried for
bipolar disorder (312) depressed mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
313
Tried for
bipolar disorder (312) anxious mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
205
Tried for
bipolar disorder (204) anxious mood (1)
1 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
109
Tried for
bipolar disorder (107) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
Tried for
bipolar disorder (92) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
depressed mood (60) bipolar disorder (19)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
bipolar disorder (75) 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 (260 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) weight gain 108 more
Total evaluations
319
Tried for
bipolar disorder (448) depressed mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (191 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain restlessness (akathisia) 105 more
Total evaluations
217
Tried for
bipolar disorder (334) depressed mood (38)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (154 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 112 more
Total evaluations
190
Tried for
bipolar disorder (311) depressed mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (187 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood insomnia 46 more
Total evaluations
220
Tried for
bipolar disorder (312) anxious mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (101 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands weight gain 98 more
Total evaluations
118
Tried for
bipolar disorder (204) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (98 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
103
Tried for
anxious mood (136) bipolar disorder (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (69 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain tiredness 50 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
bipolar disorder (107) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (46 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain constant hunger 28 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
bipolar disorder (92) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 19 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
depressed mood (61) bipolar disorder (19)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (43 evaluations)
Side effects
acne breakout akinesia 25 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
bipolar disorder (75) 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
<20 253
20s 2,019
30s 4,438
40s 6,699
50s 5,022
60s 1,981
70+ 230
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,560
20-29 years 1,320
30-39 years 842
40-49 years 438
50-59 years 134
60-69 years 29
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

84% Female
16% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,977
Not Diagnosed 393

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