Anxiety link to bipolar

Professor Ulrik Malt, from the University of Oslo’s department of neuropsychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, said anxiety disorders were much more common in people with bipolar disorder than in the general population.

In many cases anxiety was a more prominent symptom than depression, he said.

Lifetime prevalence of social phobia in people with bipolar disorder was 50%, obsessive compulsive disorder 20%, anorexia 6% and other eating disorders 15%, all much higher than in the general population.

Often the anxiety remains, despite treatment attempts, until the underlying bipolar disorder is

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