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Is it possible to test to see if you have a genetic predisposition for bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Nospecific test: There is not a specific test for this. However, a strong family history of mood disorders including bipolar disorder would increase odds.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have a genetic predisposition to bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Family History: If you have a so-called first-degree relative (sibling, mother, or father), with bd your genetic "loading" for bd is higher than if you don't. However, lots of people have bd with no known family history; and, even if both your mother and father have bd, the risk that you will too still is only about 20%--way higher than the general population but not a sure thing.

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