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
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
446
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (444) Depressed mood (6)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
336
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (328) Depressed mood (42)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
326
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (326) Anxious mood (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
320
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (311) Insomnia (45)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
210
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (209) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
133
Tried for
Anxious mood (129) Insomnia (9)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
108
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (106) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (99) Insomnia (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
Insomnia (76) Bipolar Disorder (6)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
Depressed mood (58) Bipolar Disorder (18)
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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (240 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Rashes (redness, swelling) 103 more
Total evaluations
295
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (444) Depressed mood (6)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (179 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Headaches 102 more
Total evaluations
202
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (328) Depressed mood (42)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (182 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Insomnia 48 more
Total evaluations
211
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (326) Anxious mood (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (144 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 112 more
Total evaluations
183
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (311) Insomnia (45)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (110 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Weight gain 112 more
Total evaluations
126
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (208) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (87 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Fatigue 23 more
Total evaluations
98
Tried for
Anxious mood (129) Insomnia (9)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (66 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Fatigue 47 more
Total evaluations
81
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (106) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bipolar Disorder (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Constant hunger 29 more
Total evaluations
56
Tried for
Bipolar Disorder (99) Insomnia (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drugged feeling 24 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
Insomnia (76) Bipolar Disorder (6)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Irritability 21 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
Depressed mood (58) Bipolar Disorder (18)
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
<20 251
20s 1,794
30s 3,765
40s 5,504
50s 4,121
60s 1,469
70+ 174
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,173
20-29 years 1,091
30-39 years 664
40-49 years 333
50-59 years 107
60-69 years 21
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,013
Not Diagnosed 332

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