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What are anxiety symptoms in bipolar disorder?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Anxiety is a common feature in both mania and depression. It generally emerges in three ways. The first signs of its presence are its physical aspects: muscle tension, jitteriness, restlessness, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate and/or palpitations, tremors, sweating, and sleep disturbances (especially difficulty in falling asleep). Second are anxious thoughts: fretting, worrying that bad things are about to happen, and significant thoughts about being out of control or inadequate to face daily challenges. Third are the emotions of anxiety: intense uneasiness, panic, feeling out of control and overwhelmed, and a sense of impending danger or dread.

Often anxiety symptoms appear to others as extreme overreactions to life's normal daily stresses. And even though people with bipolar disorder may feel anxious about specific matters, it's not uncommon for them to experience what is called free-floating anxiety. Here, the anxiety doesn't seem to be attached to any specific event or situation.
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