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Are anxiety disorders common in people with bipolar disorder?

The most common of "comorbid" illnesses traveling with bipolar disorder is anxiety, with 50% of people with bipolar disorder suffering from a diagnosable anxiety disorder.

Without going into excessive detail regarding anxiety disorders, they include generalized anxiety disorder (which is excessive worry or concern about multiple areas of life); panic disorder (which involves distinct attacks of extreme anxiety often associated with the sensation of shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, impending doom, sweating, or shaking); phobias; and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Obsessions are intrusive, unwanted, resisted thoughts that are disturbing to the patient. They are different from the negative thoughts or "ruminations" of a depression in that they are not primarily focused on some negative or depressed content. Compulsions are behaviors that one feels one must do over and over, despite that they become time consuming, interrupt daily functioning, and serve little or no useful purpose.

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