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A 17-year-old male asked:

My mum is a bipolar disorder 1 patient and a mild schitzophrenic. i'm starting to get bipolar symptoms but my gp says that i'll be fine and should do more breathing. ishe correct?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Well the issue: Is that there an increased risk for a mood disorder (to include bipolar disorder) if your parent has it. It can show up in childhood and teen years. Please have your parents support you in obtaining a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. This is an important issue. Take care.
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 25 years experience
There is a great book called Nutrient Power by William Walsh.
Sep 5, 2013
Dr. Emma Rishton
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
More support: It's great your gp says you'll be fine, you probably appear to handle it well. You are going through a lot and in a time of your life when you need parental guidance and/ or extra outside support. There is no way it can be easy having a mother with bipolar 1 at any age. You need help for yourself. Therapy and support groups can be a good place to start. Best to you and your mother.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Need a psych eval: Please get a psychiatric evaluation. You are already having depressive symptoms and i would hate to see you be given a primary antidepressant and be thrown into a manic episode. See a psychiatrist with a large bipolar practice and who will treat you only if necessary and by the current standard of care. Try to avoid antidepressants if you can. Best wishes to you and your mother.
Dr. Imad Khreim
Dr. Imad Khreim commented
Psychiatry 40 years experience
the most common mood disorder in first degree relatives of Bipolar patients is depression
Sep 8, 2013
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