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
445
Tried for
bipolar disorder (442) depressed mood (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
300
Tried for
bipolar disorder (300) anxious mood (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
292
Tried for
bipolar disorder (284) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
275
Tried for
bipolar disorder (270) depressed mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
186
Tried for
bipolar disorder (186) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
anxious mood (110)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
bipolar disorder (109) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
depressed mood (70) bipolar disorder (18)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
bipolar disorder (79) pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
bipolar disorder (76) anxious mood (1)
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 (269 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain rashes (redness, swelling) 99 more
Total evaluations
319
Tried for
bipolar disorder (442) depressed mood (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (175 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood abdominal pain 32 more
Total evaluations
195
Tried for
bipolar disorder (300) anxious mood (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (175 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain restlessness (akathisia) 83 more
Total evaluations
194
Tried for
bipolar disorder (284) depressed mood (34)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (142 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 97 more
Total evaluations
175
Tried for
bipolar disorder (270) depressed mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (90 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands weight gain 92 more
Total evaluations
99
Tried for
bipolar disorder (186) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (80 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 16 more
Total evaluations
85
Tried for
anxious mood (110)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (63 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 44 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
bipolar disorder (109) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 18 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
depressed mood (70) bipolar disorder (18)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (39 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness weight gain 19 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
bipolar disorder (79) pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar disorder (39 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
bipolar disorder (76) anxious mood (1)
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
<20 222
20s 2240
30s 5321
40s 7940
50s 6356
60s 2633
70+ 356
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4034
20-29 years 1631
30-39 years 1066
40-49 years 548
50-59 years 172
60-69 years 37
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4169
Female 21015

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8875
Not Diagnosed 366

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