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Can I have an anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders commonly co-occur. Anxiety disorders may include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or separation anxiety. Anxiety disorders can co-occur with bipolar disorder in children, teenagers, and adults. Children who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder at a younger age appear to have a greater risk of anxiety disorders. In addition, children who are diagnosed with both anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder have a greater chance of inpatient hospitalization because of these mood disorders.

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