Bipolar II disorder

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What is bipolar II disorder?

Bipolar II disorder is a bipolar spectrum disorder characterized by at least one hypomanic episode and at least one major depressive episode; with this disorder, depressive episodes are more frequent and more intense than manic episodes.

Common symptoms reported by people with bipolar II 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 II disorder

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

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
210
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (209) depressed mood (4)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
126
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (125) stress (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (95) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (91) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (85) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
depressed mood (40) bipolar II disorder (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
anxious mood (58) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
anxious mood (36) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar II disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
pain (16) anxious mood (11)
2 more

Data from patients with bipolar II disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with bipolar II disorder

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

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (141 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness headaches 85 more
Total evaluations
151
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (209) depressed mood (4)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (63 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 5 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (125) stress (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (49 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 34 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (95) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (41 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands excessive thirst (polydipsia) 39 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (91) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (54 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) sleepiness 44 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (85) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood increased sex drive (libido) 34 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
depressed mood (40) bipolar II disorder (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess sedation 13 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
anxious mood (58) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (36) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
aggressive behavior apathy 13 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
depressed mood (27) bipolar II disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness difficulty sleeping when on full dose 19 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (16) anxious mood (11)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 26
20s 724
30s 1790
40s 2602
50s 2050
60s 907
70+ 171
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2121
20-29 years 899
30-39 years 548
40-49 years 258
50-59 years 81
60-69 years 14
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1407
Female 6876

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4669
Not Diagnosed 270

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