For people who are suffering from bipolar disorder, their problems may be compounded by anxiety. In 1921, Dr. Emil Kraepelin described bipolar disorder as an “excited depression” and “anxious mania”. According to him, anxiety is one of the symptoms of bipolar disorder. This view is highly debatable because some psychologists argue that anxiety is not a symptom of bipolar disorder. How does anxiety affect a person with bipolar disorder?
To understand how anxiety can affect people who are suffering from bipolar disorder, it’s necessary to answer the question from both angles. On one side, let’s look at anxiety as a symptom of bipolar disorder. In this case, the bipolar patient will suffer from less anxiety as the disorder improves. On the other side, let’s look at anxiety as a condition which is separate from bipolar disorder. In this case, the bipolar patient’s condition may improve but the anxiety problems may still persist. The patient will receive separate treatment for anxiety and bipolar disorder. Now, the problem is that antidepressant medication is used to treat anxiety but the medication is not suitable for bipolar patients because it makes the disorder worse.
When anxiety is a symptom of bipolar disorder, the patients say that they feel some kind of “agitation”. This can be manifested in the way the patients walk around the room as they are being interviewed or they are found to be picking their nails. Other times, the patients may experience the feeling like they have “too much energy” within their skin or their thoughts are racing very fast. In more severe cases, the person may not be able to perform any task at all because he or she will be experiencing racing thoughts that are extremely random and overbearing so the person will not be able to concentrate, even for a few seconds. It can be very hard for people who experience this kind of anxiety to another person.
Sometimes, this form of anxiety may also be accompanied by…