The support of family and friends is important to the recovery process for anyone diagnosed with co-occurring anxiety and bipolar disorders. Taking these steps can help a loved one :
Many children with bipolar disorder also suffer from at least one co-occurring anxiety disorder.
The age of onset for an anxiety disorder often precedes the age of onset for bipolar disorder. The co-occurrence of an anxiety disorder with bipolar disorder can worsen the symptoms and course of each disorder, so it’s essential that both are treated.
Sometimes severe mood episodes, extreme irritability, and other pronounced symptoms of bipolar disorder mask underlying obsessive thoughts, compulsions, worries, or other anxiety symptoms. It’s recommended that children with bipolar disorder are also assessed for an anxiety disorder.
Consult a mental health provider or physician as soon as possible if your child exhibits symptoms of an anxiety or bipolar disorder.
Find out more information about helping your child , including suggestions to find the right mental health professional. The Balanced Mind Foundation website  provides information about finding a therapist.
NOTE: This information is not intended to provide a diagnosis or specific clinical advice to individuals about their psychiatric condition, nor to the family members or friends of individuals with psychiatric conditions. Anyone seeking to rule out or establish a diagnosis or anyone seeking immediate help for a psychiatric condition should contact a mental health professional.
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