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Anxiety And Bipolar Disorder

Constant worry with tension in the body and mind can be symptoms of anxiety.
Anxiety Disorder

I am currently being treated at an IOP (Intensive Out-Patient Program) and when I met the provider for our first session she made it seem that an anxiety disorder is a separate disorder from bipolar. And should be treated apart from the bipolar diagnosis. I always thought my high anxiety was another symptom of my bipolar disorder. Hopefully, this new perspective on my mental health will help in achieving some significant stability for myself.

I have been in a mood episode for the past nine months. A few days of stability here and there. Some hypomania and a whole lot of depression. My anxiety is often very intense. I can feel the tension in my shoulders and face, my hands are usually clenched in fists and I am constantly fidgeting with hand or leg movements. When certain things happen to me or in my thoughts and worrying, I feel like a jolt of electricity is flashing through my body. And I often get headaches that turn into migraines. And I can identify with the symptoms of anxiety disorder. I am hopeful that this new doctor will look at my mental health in a new way and maybe prescribe medication that combats anxiety. And I will continue to use meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and affirmations to try and stay calm.

Anxiety Disorder Symptoms:

  • Feeling nervous, restless, or tense

  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom

  • Having an increased heart rate

  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)

  • Sweating

  • Trembling

  • Feeling weak or tired

  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry

  • Having trouble sleeping

  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems

  • Having difficulty controlling worry

  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

Take good care,


"I am the sole author of the dictionary that defines me. -- Zadie Smith

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