Bipolar I disorder

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What is bipolar I disorder?

Bipolar I disorder is a mood disorder that is characterized by at least one manic or mixed episode. There may be episodes of hypomania or major depression as well. It is considered a sub-diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and conforms to the classic concept of manic-depressive illness.

Common symptoms reported by people with bipolar I 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 I disorder

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

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2329
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2351
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
497
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
3537
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
198
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (5)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
639
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (3)

Data from patients with bipolar I 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 I disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands alternating constipation and diarrhea 8 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
mania
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
numbness and tingling in hands rashes (redness, swelling) 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (4 evaluations)
Side effects
anger flashbacks
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (5)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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

  • 10 new patients joined this month
  • 4424 say bipolar I disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 353
30s 1158
40s 1874
50s 1809
60s 956
70+ 209
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1606
20-29 years 699
30-39 years 413
40-49 years 188
50-59 years 50
60-69 years 10
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1247
Female 5108

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3622
Not Diagnosed 242

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