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
3424
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (152)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
4923
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (92)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2532
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (72)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
725
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
214
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
411
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
200
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Epilim)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
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 (105 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches decreased appetite 65 more
Total evaluations
114
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (152)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (48 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 3 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (92)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (31 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands excessive thirst (polydipsia) 36 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (72)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood tremor in hands 10 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (6)
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?

  • 7 new patients joined this month
  • 6120 say bipolar II disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 19
20s 638
30s 1731
40s 2603
50s 2187
60s 1061
70+ 212
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2119
20-29 years 904
30-39 years 554
40-49 years 261
50-59 years 83
60-69 years 14
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1445
Female 7021

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4686
Not Diagnosed 271

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