Anxious & Bipolar? You’re Not Alone.

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Bipolar Disorder is a complicated condition that is frequently associated with multiple comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions.  For example, many people diagnosed with bipolar have a coexisting anxiety disorder. These include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social phobia, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

I recently came across an excellent article by Kavital Lohano, MD and Rif S. El-mallakh, MD entitled ‘The Anxious Bipolar Patient,‘ published in the ‘Psychiatric Times’. In their paperLohano and El-mallakh summarise the range of anxiety disorders that are commonly comorbid with bipolar disorder, explain the link between comorbidity and outcomes, and discuss the treatment of anxiety disorders in bipolar patients.

If you live with anxiety and bipolar disorder and want to find out more background information about your condition, you can read the article here: http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/bipolar-disorder/anxious-bipolar-patient#sthash.eahavVfn.dpuf

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2 thoughts on “Anxious & Bipolar? You’re Not Alone.

  1. Nerves of the brain and autonomic nervous system firing inappropriately can explain psychiatric disorders comorbid with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and/or thyroid disorders. A low blood calcium level can lower the trigger threshold of nerves such that they fire without appropriate stimulus.

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