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Anxiety

Irritability and Anxiety are Linked in Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder works in phases. There are periods of mania and depression lasting from a few days to months at a time, but there are periods in between that are mostly symptom-free. Anxiety disorders do not give reprieve. The severity of symptoms may increase and decrease, but they manifest themselves the majority of the time. Unfortunately, at least half of bipolar patients also have...
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How Effective is Therapy for Bipolar Disorder?

Talk therapy is often recommended for patients with mental illness in addition to medication. There are several different kinds of therapy used in bipolar disorder including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), interpersonal psychosocial rhythm therapy (IPRT) and family focused therapy (FFT). Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most common. Therapists and patients work together to create personalized treatment plans and to recognize oncoming...
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Anxiety

Combining Medication with Alcohol

More than 100 medications list interactions with alcohol, including some over-the-counter drugs. Even mixing allergy medication with alcohol increases the risk for overdose.

Psychiatric drugs are no exception.

In fact, they make up a good portion of the list. This is one reason professionals suggest some people with bipolar disorder avoid alcohol....
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Anxiety

Symptom of the Day: Physical Restlessness

Since bipolar disorder is classified as a psychiatric illness, people might often overlook the fact that there are very real physical characteristics of the disorder as well. Some of these are physical illnesses that may be associated with, but not caused by, bipolar disorder like heart disease, type II diabetes, thyroid disorders and metabolic syndrome. There are also physical manifestations...
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