Co-Existing Illnesses

Illnesses that co-exist

I’ve heard that there could be other diagnoses that can co-exist with Bipolar… Is this true??? If so, what kinds of diagnoses???

When I first started thinking about this question, I figured there would be a lot of different diagnoses that would go hand-in-hand with bipolar… But I only found three other psychiatric disorders, but a list of physical disorders…

The first is anxiety disorders… They can develop in both the younger and older… Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and social phobia are just an example… Studies have shown that those who develop generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and separation anxiety at a young age have a higher chance of developing bipolar… They have also shown that it could cause more hospitalizations related to their mental health…

When it comes to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), it is a little more difficult to diagnose… Some symptoms of ADHD are being restless, and easily distracted… These are also some symptoms of being in a manic state… So the trick is to see if these symptoms are still observant in other states, like the depressive state… And yes, it is still there when you are in a stable state (if it’s ADHD) ADHD is more likely to occur in those whose bipolar occur earlier in life…

The last psychiatric condition that can co-occur with bipolar is substance abuse… Scientist aren’t quite sure what the exact relationship is from person to person… Some may be using alcohol, drugs, etc to treat their mood swings and other symptoms… There are also those who started abusing substances, then developed bipolar or showed symptoms-as though the abuse caused it… It also doesn’t help that results of using can mimic the signs of mania… So that whole situation can be quite confusing…

Ok, now for the physical diagnoses… People with bipolar are more prone to developing problems with their thyroid, migraine headaches, and obesity… According to some investigators, people with mental illnesses (including bipolar) are more likely to die of natural causes such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and COPD than the rest of the population… These relationships are believed to be caused by several reason, such as poor diet, smoking, lack of exercise, substance abuse, social deprivation, a lack of medical care, and increased stress, among others…

The fact that the illnesses themselves can induce mania and depression is one way of looking at it… The other is the treatment for bipolar can cause these illnesses… Of course, the treatments for bipolar could cause a whole slew of physical problems (sometimes even other psych problems!!!)… It is recommended that you keep track of all the medicines you take and their side effects… Also, always be aware of how you are feeling physically and mentally and report this to the doctors… I know, that’s a lot of work (especially if you’re on as many meds as me!!!), and not many people do it (including myself!!!), but, apparently, it be a great help!!!

Ok, so maybe there were a few more co-existing diagnoses than when I first looked, but for some reason, I still thought there’d be more… hmm…

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  2. I think social isolation leads to lots of other illnesses. When I’m depressed I don’t go out of the house unless someone comes with me so I put on weight due to lack of exercise. Lack of exercise and being overweight can lead to diabetes and Vit. D deficiency.It also makes arthritis worse. Being alone leads to anxiety. While it is relatively easy to find a counsellor it is hard to find someone to help with this, unless you can afford a personal trainer. I personally am not a great fan of support groups to increase social interaction as the two I’ve tried were people exchanging their bipolar horror stories. Nothing positive. I’m going to do a writing class next year. Just for something different.

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