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
88
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (88) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (67) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (64) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (60) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
57
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (56) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
anxious mood (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Vraylar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
depressed mood (19) bipolar I disorder (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
anxious mood (25)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
anxious mood (21) depressed mood (9)
1 more

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 (72 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea sleepiness 26 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (88) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (36 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia alcohol cravings 22 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (67) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (41 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 38 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (64) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (34 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain tremor(s) 46 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (60) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (29 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anger 6 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (56) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness daytime sleepiness 6 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Vraylar)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (26 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) decreased appetite 20 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar I disorder fatigue 8 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
depressed mood (19) bipolar I disorder (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness dry mouth 2 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
anxious mood (25)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue disorientation 3 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
anxious mood (21) depressed mood (9)
1 more
  • 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?

  • 5 new patients joined this month
  • 4220 say bipolar I disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 14
20s 521
30s 1281
40s 1894
50s 1601
60s 711
70+ 121
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1600
20-29 years 699
30-39 years 413
40-49 years 187
50-59 years 50
60-69 years 9
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1188
Female 4948

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3602
Not Diagnosed 245

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