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 for bipolar II disorder

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

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3508
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2575
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5021
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
434
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
228
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (8)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
794
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
216
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Epilim)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (2)

Data from patients with bipolar II 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 II disorder

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

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite headaches 28 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (16 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands auditory hallucinations 11 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (4 evaluations)
Side effects
lack of motivation lack or loss of creativity 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (8)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dizziness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Epilim)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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

  • 6 new patients joined this month
  • 6339 say bipolar II disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 15
20s 441
30s 1617
40s 2511
50s 2433
60s 1330
70+ 353
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2107
20-29 years 908
30-39 years 557
40-49 years 264
50-59 years 83
60-69 years 15
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1513
Female 7202

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4696
Not Diagnosed 269

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