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

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
477
Tried for
bipolar disorder (475) Depressed mood (7)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
369
Tried for
bipolar disorder (361) Depressed mood (41)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
339
Tried for
bipolar disorder (331) Insomnia (43)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
327
Tried for
bipolar disorder (327) Anxious mood (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
222
Tried for
bipolar disorder (221) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
141
Tried for
Anxious mood (137) Insomnia (10)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
112
Tried for
bipolar disorder (110) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Tried for
bipolar disorder (102) Insomnia (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
Insomnia (80) bipolar disorder (6)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
Depressed mood (62) bipolar disorder (20)
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 (263 evaluations)
Side effects
Rashes (redness, swelling) Weight gain 110 more
Total evaluations
322
Tried for
bipolar disorder (475) Depressed mood (7)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (200 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 107 more
Total evaluations
225
Tried for
bipolar disorder (361) Depressed mood (41)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (158 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Drowsiness 119 more
Total evaluations
200
Tried for
bipolar disorder (331) Insomnia (43)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (188 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood insomnia 48 more
Total evaluations
220
Tried for
bipolar disorder (327) Anxious mood (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (115 evaluations)
Side effects
Tremor in hands Weight gain 101 more
Total evaluations
130
Tried for
bipolar disorder (221) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (94 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 22 more
Total evaluations
105
Tried for
Anxious mood (137) Insomnia (10)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (67 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Tiredness 52 more
Total evaluations
78
Tried for
bipolar disorder (110) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (53 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Constant hunger 29 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
bipolar disorder (102) Insomnia (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 23 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
Insomnia (80) 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 18 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
Depressed mood (62) bipolar disorder (20)
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
<20 267
20s 1,907
30s 4,010
40s 5,875
50s 4,400
60s 1,593
70+ 186
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,264
20-29 years 1,138
30-39 years 711
40-49 years 359
50-59 years 114
60-69 years 22
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,236
Not Diagnosed 342

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