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
279
Tried for
bipolar disorder (277) depressed mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
213
Tried for
bipolar disorder (211) anxious mood (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
174
Tried for
bipolar disorder (168) depressed mood (23)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
163
Tried for
bipolar disorder (157) depressed mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
139
Tried for
bipolar disorder (139) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
84
Tried for
bipolar disorder (83) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
anxious mood (61) bipolar disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
anxious mood (60)
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
bipolar disorder (58) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
bipolar disorder (57) pain (2)
1 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 (166 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) weight gain 73 more
Total evaluations
209
Tried for
bipolar disorder (277) depressed mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (122 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood abdominal pain 19 more
Total evaluations
134
Tried for
bipolar disorder (211) anxious mood (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (113 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain restlessness (akathisia) 56 more
Total evaluations
127
Tried for
bipolar disorder (168) depressed mood (23)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (92 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 68 more
Total evaluations
112
Tried for
bipolar disorder (157) depressed mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (73 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands tremor(s) 66 more
Total evaluations
80
Tried for
bipolar disorder (139) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (49 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain hair loss 34 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
bipolar disorder (83) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (37 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
anxious mood (61) bipolar disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
anxious mood (60)
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (34 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
bipolar disorder (58) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (37 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness sleepiness 22 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
bipolar disorder (57) pain (2)
1 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?

  • 24 new patients joined this month
  • 21700 say bipolar disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 140
20s 1890
30s 4895
40s 7827
50s 6940
60s 3237
70+ 526
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4036
20-29 years 1633
30-39 years 1069
40-49 years 549
50-59 years 170
60-69 years 37
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4248
Female 21327

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8918
Not Diagnosed 365

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