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Are anti-anxiety medications used to treat bipolar disorder?

Ruth White, MPH
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Anti-anxiety medications are often used to compliment mood stabilizers that regulate the moods of people with bipolar disorder. They may be used to calm the anxiety that co-relates to bipolar episodes of mania or depression because these conditions can be anxiety-provoking. Other times they are used as a medication to induce sleep at night because many people with bipolar disorder have problems sleeping.

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