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A 41-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my father is bipolar and schizophrenic. so does that mean i might have it. so are mental disorders genetic?

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Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Usually one or the: other diagnosis is made, not both. If there are delusions/hallucinations characteristic of schizophrenia AND extreme shifts in mood, the dx is schizoaffective disorder. To confuse things, psychosis can occur at either end of the severe moods in bipolar, so you need a professional to tease these out. Genetics do play a part so do some research. At 41, you are less at risk for a schizo dx.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

My dad is bipolar and schizophrenic. so does that mean I might have it. so are mental disorders hereditary?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
You may or may not: have bipolar or schizophrenia. Although there appear to be hereditary predispositions to develop mental illnesses, not all children of the mentally ill develop the diseases. If you are concerned, talk to a psychologist or psychiatrist to find out if you have any of the symptoms associated with these disorders.
Last updated May 12, 2016

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