This is Kitt. If your husband is in treatment he should already be plugged into programs that will help him learn how to cope with his Bipolar.
As for yourself, may I suggest that you get a good physical at your clinic and discuss how you are feeling with your PCP. You also may benefit from therapy.
We have tons of info on the site here re dealing with anxiety and also great resource materials if you look to the right you will see the links.
Anxiety versus Panic
The terms anxiety attack and panic attack are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing. In this sense, the difference is purely a matter of semantics. But from a clinical perspective, panic and anxiety are defined by different features.
The differences between panic and anxiety are best described in terms of the intensity of the symptoms and length of time the predominant symptoms occur.
During a panic attack, the symptoms are sudden and extremely intense. These symptoms usually occur “out of the blue,” peak within 10 minutes and then subside. However, some attacks may last longer or may occur in succession, making it difficult to determine when one attack ends and another begins.
Anxiety, on the other hand, generally intensifies over a period of time and is highly correlated to excessive worry. The symptoms of anxiety are very similar to the symptoms of panic attacks and may include:
Another important distinction is that, unlike a panic attack, the symptoms of anxiety may be persistent and very long lasting -- days, weeks or even months.
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(((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))) Remember it is the disease that is talking right now. Most people are fearful of being in treatment however they will facilate between what they want. Don't let him make you feel guilty for not coming.
The best thing for him is the treatment program. You are supporting him by coming here and wanting to know how to help. We will get you through so keep talking to us.