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
441
Tried for
bipolar disorder (438) depressed mood (7)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
292
Tried for
bipolar disorder (292) anxious mood (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
282
Tried for
bipolar disorder (274) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
259
Tried for
bipolar disorder (253) depressed mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
188
Tried for
bipolar disorder (188) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Tried for
bipolar disorder (110) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
108
Tried for
anxious mood (108)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
depressed mood (73) bipolar disorder (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
bipolar disorder (78) pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
bipolar disorder (74) anxious mood (1)
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 (254 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain rashes (redness, swelling) 91 more
Total evaluations
305
Tried for
bipolar disorder (438) depressed mood (7)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (174 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood abdominal pain 32 more
Total evaluations
192
Tried for
bipolar disorder (292) anxious mood (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (166 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain restlessness (akathisia) 78 more
Total evaluations
185
Tried for
bipolar disorder (274) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (134 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 90 more
Total evaluations
168
Tried for
bipolar disorder (253) depressed mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (88 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands weight gain 90 more
Total evaluations
97
Tried for
bipolar disorder (188) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (65 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 42 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
bipolar disorder (110) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (79 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 16 more
Total evaluations
84
Tried for
anxious mood (108)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 15 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
depressed mood (73) bipolar disorder (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (41 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness weight gain 26 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
bipolar disorder (78) pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (38 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 22 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
bipolar disorder (74) anxious mood (1)
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
<20 206
20s 2188
30s 5286
40s 7936
50s 6425
60s 2723
70+ 379
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4040
20-29 years 1631
30-39 years 1068
40-49 years 547
50-59 years 169
60-69 years 36
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4182
Female 21075

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8889
Not Diagnosed 364

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