Managing Bipolar and Anxiety
Most people with bipolar disorder are also at risk of developing anxiety disorders. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis for your bipolar disorder before trying to treat the anxiety.
While there is no cure for bipolar depression with anxiety, treatments can help. Managing both symptoms can help you live a more fulfilling life.
Depression can make everyday activities difficult. It can affect your mood and lead to substance abuse, social isolation, and a decreased quality of life. Antidepressants can help, but they have to be carefully monitored.
Anxiety can also cause serious problems. Symptoms include irritability, trouble sleeping, muscle tension, fatigue, restlessness, and constant worrying.
The most common anxiety disorders include social phobia, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Some individuals may have several different anxiety disorders, but many only have one.
People with bipolar disorder and anxiety are at a high risk of suicide. They are also at increased risk of comorbid psychosis.
A person with bipolar and anxiety is typically treated with medication and therapy. However, the right approach will vary by individual. Finding the right treatment for your specific needs is not always easy.
Benzodiazepines are often used to treat anxiety. But they can be physically addictive. Tolerance can build up and increase your risks of substance abuse.
Another effective approach is psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps people identify patterns in their behavior and learn new ways to deal with stressful situations. Support groups can offer you resources and a community.