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
159
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (158) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
99
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (98) stress (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (72) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (72) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (64) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
depressed mood (34) bipolar II disorder (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
anxious mood (41) bipolar II disorder (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
anxious mood (30) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
pain (14) anxious mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
depressed mood (20) bipolar II disorder (7)
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 (110 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches decreased appetite 67 more
Total evaluations
120
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (158) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (51 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 3 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (98) stress (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (37 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 27 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (72) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (32 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands excessive thirst (polydipsia) 37 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (72) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (46 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) sleepiness 36 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (64) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth 28 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
depressed mood (34) bipolar II disorder (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling especially at night drowsiness 10 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (41) bipolar II disorder (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 3 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
anxious mood (30) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty sleeping when on full dose dizziness 17 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (14) anxious mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
auditory hallucinations diarrhea 9 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (20) bipolar II disorder (7)
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?

  • 8 new patients joined this month
  • 6096 say bipolar II disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 23
20s 664
30s 1762
40s 2623
50s 2152
60s 1000
70+ 199
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2118
20-29 years 905
30-39 years 551
40-49 years 261
50-59 years 83
60-69 years 14
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1437
Female 6999

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4684
Not Diagnosed 270

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