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
376
Tried for
bipolar disorder (373) depressed mood (7)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
256
Tried for
bipolar disorder (255) anxious mood (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
245
Tried for
bipolar disorder (237) depressed mood (33)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
220
Tried for
bipolar disorder (215) depressed mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
166
Tried for
bipolar disorder (166) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
97
Tried for
bipolar disorder (96) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
anxious mood (89)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
depressed mood (64) bipolar disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
bipolar disorder (69) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
anxious mood (69)

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 (218 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) weight gain 84 more
Total evaluations
268
Tried for
bipolar disorder (373) depressed mood (7)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (150 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood abdominal pain 26 more
Total evaluations
166
Tried for
bipolar disorder (255) anxious mood (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (136 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain restlessness (akathisia) 69 more
Total evaluations
153
Tried for
bipolar disorder (237) depressed mood (33)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (117 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 77 more
Total evaluations
147
Tried for
bipolar disorder (215) depressed mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (80 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands weight gain 77 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
bipolar disorder (166) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain hair loss 34 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
bipolar disorder (96) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (67 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 12 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
anxious mood (89)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
irritability weight gain 11 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
depressed mood (64) bipolar disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (40 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness acne breakout 26 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
bipolar disorder (69) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 8 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
anxious mood (69)
  • 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
<20 164
20s 2045
30s 5118
40s 7799
50s 6690
60s 2948
70+ 444
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4028
20-29 years 1627
30-39 years 1067
40-49 years 548
50-59 years 169
60-69 years 36
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4190
Female 21130

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8886
Not Diagnosed 365

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