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
218
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (217) depressed mood (4)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
130
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (129) stress (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (97) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
94
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (94) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
90
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (89) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
depressed mood (41) bipolar II disorder (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
anxious mood (59) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
anxious mood (38) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
pain (16) anxious mood (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (26) bipolar II disorder (10)
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 (147 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness headaches 87 more
Total evaluations
157
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (217) depressed mood (4)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (64 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 5 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (129) stress (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (50 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 39 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (97) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (41 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor in hands excessive thirst (polydipsia) 38 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (94) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
for bipolar II disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
restlessness (akathisia) sleepiness 47 more
Total evaluations
73
Tried for
bipolar II disorder (89) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood increased sex drive (libido) 34 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
depressed mood (41) bipolar II disorder (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess sedation 13 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
anxious mood (59) bipolar II disorder (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 2 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (38) bipolar II disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness decreased sex drive (libido) 25 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
pain (16) anxious mood (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
aggressive behavior apathy 13 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (26) bipolar II disorder (10)
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?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 27
20s 740
30s 1821
40s 2595
50s 2014
60s 885
70+ 159
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2119
20-29 years 897
30-39 years 549
40-49 years 256
50-59 years 83
60-69 years 14
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1402
Female 6852

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4666
Not Diagnosed 270

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