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.

How do members experience bipolar II disorder?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with bipolar II disorder*

*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.

Top treatments taken by people for bipolar II disorder*

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

Compare treatments taken by people with bipolar II disorder*

Treatment
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (14 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision chest pain on left side 15 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (43)
Treatment

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
auditory hallucinations disorientation 5 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (13)
Treatment

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (9)
Treatment

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (7)
Treatment

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
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.

Who has bipolar II disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

Age

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 17
20s 395
30s 1,537
40s 2,442
50s 2,573
60s 1,508
70+ 440

Distribution of sex

Sex

Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,554
Female 7,346