By far generalized anxiety is the most common of the anxiety disorders traveling with bipolar disorder. The treatment of generalized anxiety disorder relies on cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, and sometimes medications. Commonly, agents in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines (Klonopin, Ativan, Serax, Valium, Xanax) are used.
Such medications can be habit forming and can lead to withdrawal symptoms upon cessation. All of them have a tendency to be sedating, so when starting them one must be cautious about driving. Some literature suggests that Klonopin also helps stabilize the mood, and for this reason it is probably the most commonly used benzodiazepine in anxious patients with bipolar disorder.