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

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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
3456
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (131)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
4956
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (80)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2543
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (66)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
217
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (19)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
747
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
418
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
203
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Epilim)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (4)

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 (73 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches decreased appetite 58 more
Total evaluations
82
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (131)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (38 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 3 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (80)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (30 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands excessive thirst (polydipsia) 33 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (66)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
lack of motivation lack or loss of creativity 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (19)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
deadened emotions decreased appetite 10 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Epilim)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
heartburn
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (4)
  • 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?

  • 17 new patients joined this month
  • 6186 say bipolar II disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 20
20s 613
30s 1701
40s 2626
50s 2227
60s 1096
70+ 235
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2115
20-29 years 904
30-39 years 555
40-49 years 261
50-59 years 84
60-69 years 14
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1465
Female 7070

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4690
Not Diagnosed 271

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