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 with bipolar I disorder

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

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (107) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
105
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (105) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (100) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (88) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
86
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (86) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
depressed mood (32) bipolar I disorder (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
anxious mood (40) bipolar I disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (17) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (17) bipolar I disorder (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
anxious mood (30)

Data from patients with bipolar I disorder, who reported starting treatments within 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)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (86 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea sleepiness 35 more
Total evaluations
89
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (107) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (61 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 44 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (105) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (52 evaluations)
Side effects
rashes (redness, swelling) insomnia 24 more
Total evaluations
73
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (100) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (53 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor(s) weight gain 57 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (88) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (49 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks weight gain 12 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (86) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar I disorder bipolar rapid cycling 16 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
depressed mood (32) bipolar I disorder (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness fatigue 9 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
anxious mood (40) bipolar I disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness muscle tension 17 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (17) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness/walking like I'm drunk 13 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (17) bipolar I disorder (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness daytime sleepiness 6 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
anxious mood (30)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with bipolar I disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has bipolar I disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 27
20s 562
30s 1386
40s 1845
50s 1494
60s 586
70+ 95
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1597
20-29 years 700
30-39 years 414
40-49 years 185
50-59 years 48
60-69 years 9
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1157
Female 4831

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3597
Not Diagnosed 248

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