Many Bipolar Patients Likely to Develop Anxiety Disorders

Meta-analysis finds that 45% of patients with bipolar disorder will develop an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

Almost half of patients with bipolar disorder will have comorbid anxiety disorder in their lifetime, show the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis.

The researchers carried out a literature search and identified 40 eligible studies — 29 clinical studies, seven community samples and four mixed samples — including 14,914 individuals aged an average of 43.2 years.

Across all the studies, the lifetime prevalence of comorbid anxiety disorders among patients with bipolar disorder was 45%, although the researchers note that it ranged from 8% to 88% and there was significant heterogeneity between studies, most of which was unexplained.

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