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
97
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (97) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (81) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (78) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
71
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (70) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (69) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
depressed mood (25) bipolar I disorder (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
anxious mood (32) bipolar I disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (14) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
anxious mood (22) depressed mood (10)
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 (77 evaluations)
Side effects
increased anxiety nausea 27 more
Total evaluations
80
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (97) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (50 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 40 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (81) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (44 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia weight gain 22 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (78) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (37 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks agoraphobia 9 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (70) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (38 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain excessive thirst (polydipsia) 48 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (69) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar I disorder dry mouth 10 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
depressed mood (25) bipolar I disorder (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness crying 8 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
anxious mood (32) bipolar I disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness daytime sleepiness 6 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar I disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness muscle tension 15 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
bipolar I disorder (14) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
disorientation dizziness with hypotension upon standing 4 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
anxious mood (22) depressed mood (10)
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?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 18
20s 534
30s 1,325
40s 1,863
50s 1,564
60s 658
70+ 109
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,598
20-29 years 697
30-39 years 413
40-49 years 186
50-59 years 49
60-69 years 9
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,178
Female 4,886

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,595
Not Diagnosed 245

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