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Can a person with bipolar disorder also have serious anxiety problem, how common is this?

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Dr. Jason Berman
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certainly: People with one psychiatric disorder very often have co-occurring disorders like bipolar disorder and anxiety. Such combinations are quite common.
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
I would add that the anxiety could be part of the person's constellation of bipolar symptoms or the anxiety could be an entirely separate disorder. For example, somebody with bipolar disorder may become anxious and irritable when they are in a manic phase or they may suffer from test anxiety in school in a manner totally disconnected from the mood dysfunction.
Oct 29, 2013
Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
Comorbidity: Bipolar disorder is often comobid with anxiety disorder. As many as 90% of patients with bipolar disorder suffer from an anxiety disorder too.

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