I was asked by a member here to comment on this – anxiety that is comorbid with a major mental disorder like bipolar or schizophrenia is not the same as an basic anxiety disorder and will not respond to the same non-drug recovery tools.
Anxiety that is secondary to these conditions is a biological anxiety that results from organic brain and neurotransmitter dysfunctions. This is not the causation of a general anxiety disorder.
I ran community anxiety groups for over 20 years and we were compelled to exclude people with these conditions. While they often describe their sensations as anxiety they are not and I REPEAT not what a primary anxiety disorder person experiences.
The cause is far different, the experience is different and the treatments are different. It is a great disservice to everyone to mix the two patients into one group. People with major mental illness need specialized help and their expressions of their experience can frighten a common anxiety disorder person....because of their fragility (called in psychology as a Brittle interpretation) they can also be disruptive and understand other people posts with skewed interpretations.
When you do a psychiatric triage the most critical thing is to track the patient appropriately so they get help – just as this is not to exclude anyone from any group if you are not in an appropriate treatment or group their time is wasted and other people may be harmed by the presence
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