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I have a severe case of bi polar, depression and parinoa. what are the chances my kids will inherit these traits?

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Dr. Matt Vukin answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Mood disorder (major depression and bipolar disorder) can occur spontaneously but a lot of studies suggest they can be genetically related as well. Your kids are vulnerable to develop a mood disorder if you have one. Fortunately there are protective factors which can foster resilience in your children - including exercise, healthy diet, and a supportive psychological environment.

Answered Jan 15, 2014

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Dr. Kevin Passer answered

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The precise degree in which bipolar d/o is inherited in unknown. Many with bipolar d/o have offspring with no sign of it.

Answered Oct 3, 2016

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