In honor of this month’s Mental Illness Awareness Week, here’s a snapshot of what’s happening in our PatientsLikeMe Mood community. Launched in 2008, the community now has more than 18,000 patients. Below are some interesting facts about the community, so please read and share on!
DID YOU ALSO KNOW…
- You can search for patients under 15+ diagnosis categories, including depression, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, addiction to tobacco, addiction to alcohol, eating disorder and more.
- In a PatientsLikeMe research study recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, we revealed:
- 26% of responding mood community members agreed or strongly agreed that using the site had reduced thoughts about self harm
- 23% agreed they had decided to start therapy or counseling after interacting with others on the site
- 22% agreed they needed less inpatient care as a result of using PatientsLikeMe. (See our “Patient Voice” report, video and member interview on inpatient therapy).
- Members’ experiences on the treatment Amitriptyline was used in an award-winning paper presented at Medicine 2.0 last year.
How are our members treating their condition?
- Patients are using more than 1700 treatments, including prescription drugs, supplements, over-the-counter medications, life-style modifications, therapies, and more.
- The top lifestyle modification reported by our patients is positive self talk; and sleep is the #1 exercise cited.
- The most widely used prescription drugs reported by members are Lamotragine, Clonazepam and Bupropion; the top 3 supplements are Omega 3 Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamins, and Vitamin D.
What are their major symptoms?
- The 5 most common primary symptoms reported include: Back Pain, Dizziness, Headaches, Hyperventilation, and Muscle Tension.
What are they talking about?
- Some of the top topics “tagged” in our forum discussions to date include specific treatments (like Lamictal, Lithium, Wellbutrin and Seroqul), as well as borderline personality disorder, coping, anger and journaling.