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
428
Tried for
bipolar disorder (425) depressed mood (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
302
Tried for
bipolar disorder (302) anxious mood (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
291
Tried for
bipolar disorder (285) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
274
Tried for
bipolar disorder (270) depressed mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
189
Tried for
bipolar disorder (188) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
118
Tried for
anxious mood (118)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Tried for
bipolar disorder (110) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
depressed mood (69) bipolar disorder (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
bipolar disorder (78) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
bipolar disorder (75) pain (3)
3 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 (265 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain rashes (redness, swelling) 99 more
Total evaluations
314
Tried for
bipolar disorder (425) depressed mood (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (178 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood overwhelming emotions 33 more
Total evaluations
196
Tried for
bipolar disorder (302) anxious mood (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (173 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain restlessness (akathisia) 84 more
Total evaluations
192
Tried for
bipolar disorder (285) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (140 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 98 more
Total evaluations
173
Tried for
bipolar disorder (270) depressed mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (94 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands weight gain 92 more
Total evaluations
104
Tried for
bipolar disorder (188) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (84 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 18 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
anxious mood (118)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (64 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 46 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
bipolar disorder (110) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 21 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
depressed mood (69) bipolar disorder (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (40 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
bipolar disorder (78) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (40 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness weight gain 20 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
bipolar disorder (75) pain (3)
3 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
<20 214
20s 2115
30s 4833
40s 7269
50s 5926
60s 2481
70+ 323
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4027
20-29 years 1618
30-39 years 1059
40-49 years 546
50-59 years 171
60-69 years 35
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3852
Female 19401

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8817
Not Diagnosed 363

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