Anxiety and depression have a lot of similarities. While the two are clearly separate conditions with separate causes, both of them are affected by life stress, both have a genetic component, and both relate to neurotransmitter dysfunction.
So it should come as no surprise that many people that suffer from bipolar disorder also have anxiety. Below, we'll explore how bipolar disorder can cause anxiety as a symptom and when you have two separate disorders.
Learn to Control Your Anxiety
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health problem, and requires a commitment to treatment. Both bipolar disorder and anxiety can be cured. Speak to your mental healthcare professional, and take my free 7 minute anxiety test to find out more about your anxiety.
Recognizing Your Anxiety Disorder
The ups and downs of bipolar disorder can be so pronounced that it's sometimes hard to tell the difference between anxiety and regular bipolar disorder symptoms. Get your free anxiety profile by taking my anxiety test now.
Some theorize that bipolar disorder and anxiety are separate. Since bipolar disorder and anxiety tend to develop under periods of extreme stress, it's possible that the two do develop simultaneously. It's also possible that anxiety is a symptom of bipolar disorder, caused by any or all of the following:
- Trouble Adjusting The development of anxiety may be as simple as struggling to adjust when you have bipolar disorder. Living with bipolar disorder can be very difficult, and in some cases that may make it harder to find life relaxing - even when you're generally free of your bipolar disorder symptoms.
- Agitation and Mania Many of those with bipolar disorder suffer from clear agitation and nervousness, especially during times of mania. Mania creates a great deal of excess energy, and it's likely that that excess energy ends up translating into anxiety, especially when it goes unused.
- Similar Brain Chemistry Because bipolar disorder and anxiety share similar brain chemistry issues, it's likely that the same neurotransmitters that contribute to bipolar disorder also create anxiety.
The best way to tell if your bipolar disorder is causing your anxiety is if it cycles with your bipolar symptoms. Generally if they were separate disorders, the anxiety would persist regardless of where you are with your bipolar disorder.
Anxiety Disorder Development
Even if anxiety is a symptom of bipolar disorder, it can still develop into its own disorder. If you develop panic attacks, generalized anxiety, social phobia, etc., it may not matter if your bipolar disorder caused them - it's likely that you'll still benefit from an anxiety treatment.
Both Can Be Cured
Both bipolar disorder and anxiety can be cured completely. None of them are permanent conditions, no matter how they feel. The question is finding the right treatment for you - which can sometimes take time - and committing to that treatment even when your symptoms recover.
First, talk to your mental healthcare professional about your bipolar disorder. Depression is the type of condition that benefits from immediate intervention. Remember, every single person suffering from these conditions can be treated, but there is a lot of trial and error involved along the way.
Then, talk to your mental healthcare advisor about your anxiety, and don't forget to take my free 7 minute anxiety test now. It'll give you a complete profile of your anxiety and some recommendations fo at home anxiety relief techniques.