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what can cause bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
32 years experience Psychiatry
Multifactorial: As with many medical conditions the causes of bipolar disorder are not fully know. It is believed they are polygenetic, with multiple genes interacting resulting in some degree of vulnerability or resistance to the condition. This biology then interacts with environmental factors, both positive and negative which can have different effects based upon when in life or how many/often they occur.
Answered on Apr 27, 2017
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