Anxiety

Brain Facts

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Accompanying Mental Health Conditions

Depression. Depression is very common in people with an anxiety disorder, and it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two conditions. Both can have symptoms of anxiety, agitation, insomnia, and poor concentration. The combination of depression and anxiety is a major risk factor for both substance abuse and suicide.

Bipolar Disorder. Symptoms of panic disorder are very common in people with bipolar disorder. Furthermore, anxiety worsens bipolar disorder.

Substance Abuse. People who have anxiety disorders, depression, or bipolar disorder are at high risk for alcoholism, smoking, and other forms of addiction, which may be a form of self-medication. Patients with PTSD, which is often accompanied by pain, have increased risk for opioid pill addiction.

Eating Disorders. Many people with anxiety disorders have eating disorders, and the reverse is also true. It is not clear if anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), cause eating disorders, increase susceptibility to them, or share common biologic causes.

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