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 for bipolar disorder

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

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9852
Tried for
bipolar disorder (261)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
14576
Tried for
bipolar disorder (192)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8810
Tried for
bipolar disorder (140)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1735
Tried for
bipolar disorder (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
792
Tried for
bipolar disorder (53)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1969
Tried for
bipolar disorder (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
734
Tried for
bipolar disorder (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Epilim)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
329
Tried for
bipolar disorder (3)

Data from patients with bipolar disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (164 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) dry mouth 74 more
Total evaluations
186
Tried for
bipolar disorder (261)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (107 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood abdominal pain 16 more
Total evaluations
118
Tried for
bipolar disorder (192)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (73 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands nausea 64 more
Total evaluations
80
Tried for
bipolar disorder (140)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (40 evaluations)
Side effects
hair loss weight gain 34 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
bipolar disorder (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (30 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness sleepiness 19 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
bipolar disorder (53)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (14 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood emotional lability 4 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
bipolar disorder (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
bipolar disorder (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Epilim)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
depression when not taken correctly hives (urticaria) 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
bipolar disorder (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with bipolar disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has bipolar disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 28 new patients joined this month
  • 21768 say bipolar disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 135
20s 1794
30s 4734
40s 7754
50s 7090
60s 3417
70+ 585
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4033
20-29 years 1630
30-39 years 1066
40-49 years 549
50-59 years 170
60-69 years 38
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4278
Female 21351

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8916
Not Diagnosed 365

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