Possible Complications & Psychiatric Comorbidities: Bipolar Many patients with bipolar disorder often have accompanying psychiatric disorders.Depression . Patients with bipolar disorder, especially type II or cyclothymic disorder, have frequent episodes of major depression. Because of depression, patients with this disorder have an increased risk for suicide.
Anxiety Disorders . Anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder also commonly coexist in these patients. Patients who also suffer from an anxiety disorder are also at greater risk for suicide.Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder . Symptoms of this disorder in children are often confused with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Furthermore, the two conditions can coincide. I
Substance Abuse . Patients with this disorder frequently abuse drugs and alcohol. Although drug and alcohol abuse may be a form of self-medication, substance abuse can trigger or worsen bipolar symptoms. Cigarette smoking is also very common among patients with mental illness, including bipolar disorder, due in part to nicotine’s effects on the brain.