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Bipolar Parents Raising Children
Challenging: It can be quite challenging being the parent of bipolar children. It is best to educate yourself about the illness (even medications). Finding extra support, such as through support groups can be beneficial. Nami is a good resource that can help with both. Both parents should also be consistent with their parenting. It is a team approach. ...Read more
Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more
Any of us can: Have behavioral issues. While not well understood by genetics experts, if one or both parents are bipolar it is more likely that a child may be as well. If that is the case, family therapy may provide helpful communication skills development for all. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Would it be possible that a kid have bipolar tendencies if their parent is bipolar and not have it?
Sure can: Well anyone can have bipolar tendencies, and if there is family history there is increased risk. Some beleive bipolar has become grossly overdiagnosed, especially in children - there is a 70% overlap with adhd symptoms. A good pediatric clinical psychological or pediatric psychiatric evaluation can help with proper assessment. ...Read more
I agree with Dr. P.: In addition, you might benefit from reading it will never happen to me by claudia black which describes some of the common patterns adult children of alcoholics develop to cope with their parent's addiction. Bipolar parents are similar to addicted parents in many ways and the coping mechanisms of the children are as well. ...Read more
Yes: For bipolar disorder, children who have one parent with the illness have a 15% risk of developing the disorder. Those who have two parents with bipolar have about a 50% risk. For depression, if someone has a parent or sibling with major depression, that person probably has a 2 or 3 times greater risk of developing the illness compared with the average person (or around 20-30% instead of 10%). ...Read more
Ask for eval.: Tell your parents that you are concerned there is a problem. Tell them the symptoms that you are experiencing. Ask them to bring to you to see a mental health professional for evaluation and assistance. Take care. ...Read more
Just tell them.: Have you been definitely diagnosed with bipolar disorder? How long? Are you being treated with it. It is important that you tell your parents because they might be able to tell you if any one on both sides of their family have been diagnosed as well because this condition is inherited. It might be useful for your children as well. ...Read more
Can be helpful: Having an open dialogue with your parents or loved ones can be therapeutic. Discuss with them some of the symptoms you may have and why you may think you have it. Your parents may feel thankful that you came to them and may even be able to contribute to your treatment if you do have it. Open communication and support for mental health treatment is crucial. ...Read more
Do you have bipolar: Disorder ; want to tell your parents? I would tell them at a time when there is no chaos. Share your diagnosis with them. It may be helpful if you share symptoms with them if they are not familiar with bipolar disorder. Even though this says age 42- have noted that it often is not the age of the actual asker. So, there may be some differences in approach if you are an adult vs a minor. ...Read more
What to if I am fighting bipolar disorder. My parents won't emotionally support me. What should I do?
Emotional support: If it is emotional support you're looking for, then I would recommend that you get into group therapy and individual therapy. Your local nami www. Nimh. Nih. Gov should also be able to provide social connections for you. Try not to burden your parents with your illness if you're not getting a positive response from them because it only frustrates you further and makes you more depressed. Best wishes. ...Read more
If I wanted to go to a phyciatrist, or get some bipolar testing done how would I do it without my parents concent?
If you are 16 years: Old I would encourage you to sit down with your parents and explain what your concerns are. Medical evaluations to include psychological testing can be very expensive. Medications if indicated can also be costly. Many people cover these costs (or part of them with insurance). Family involvement is usually part of the treatment plan. ...Read more
My parents don't believe that I'm bipolar. But I think its obvious. And I have a lot of symptoms. How can I get it official. I have friends that agree.
See psychiatrist: Seeing a psychiatrist for comprehensive assessment is your best way to get a clear diagnosis. Share with the psychiatrist your areas of concern -- and be completely up-front with the symptoms you're referring to. The additional clinical information you've provided indicates that you're taking methylphenidate, so it's possible you're already working with a psychiatrist. If not, please do. ...Read more
By good example: Depending on age, bipolar is a brain disease that can affect how someone feels and behaves. It can be managed with good treatment and healthy lifestyle and worsened by drug and alcohol abuse. I think it is important for children to know that they are at risk so that they avoid things that might trigger the illness and get early tx. Some of the best outcomes are in the children who headed parent. ...Read more
12%: Most research suggests that we roughly have a 12% risk of developing a mood disorder when a parent has bipolar. This means that we roughly have a 12% chance of developing unipolar depression and a 12% chance of developing bipolar disorder or about a 24% chance of developing a either depression or bipolar disorder. Environment also plays a key role here. Just percentages. ...Read more
Genetic risk: Genes always come into the equation, ao there may be genetic risk without there being a specific gene that causes it. Since the brain is a biochemical "machine" it needs proper fuel so the best approach is preventive by learning the best "god made" diet for all of us. Leave out the "junk". ...Read more
Unclear..: Research on this is extremely varied, ranging from about 3% to nearly 50%. It does seem as though there's a strong likelihood of a mood disorder but it is unclear how much of this is genetic vs environmental. In other words, it's not a given but parents should keep an eye out for developing mood symptoms. ...Read more
Help for who?: Who is the help for? You or your parents? Reading books on helping a loved one with bipolar may be helpful. "living with someone who's living with bipolar" has been helpful for some of my patients. If the help if for you, talk to your doctor about medications and therapy. Help is always available! ...Read more
Higher risk: Children of parents with psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder have a higher risk of having a psychiatric condition themselves, but it is not a guarantee that they will have bipolar disorder. The inheritance of such disorders is not yet fully understood, but appears to be only partially genetic. ...Read more
Not usually: Having very different parents by itself is not a risk factor and can even be considered positive. However its all in the delivery. The match between the parental personalities and yours is crucial. Its long been argued that giving mixed messages, putting children in binds of allsorts and a nnegative environment can contribute. Great questions to explore in therapy. ...Read more
My boyfriend thinks I might be bipolar. I have super highs and super lows and just idk is there anyway I can get tested without parents knowing?
Bipolar: Bipolar Disorder is a genetic disorder, but exists on a continuum. Too often people get labeled with this disorder though, if they have experienced trauma and are having mood disturbance in reaction. A licensed Psychologist can do an assessment but normally would not conceal important information from your parents. The dx is not made with a test but rather interview and careful history taking. ...Read more
Is there any reason to believe that if parents take good care of a bipolar child, they won't need frequent hospitalizations?
Absolutely: The best privider is always a close relative, spouse, or friend. This is because that person knows the patient better than anybody else, they see the ups and downs of any medical condition. Believe me, we learn so much from patients and care givers. ...Read more
Frankly: Be honest. Explain your concerns. Tell them directly what type of help you desire. ...Read more
I'm worried I may have inherited bipolar or some sort of personality disorder from my parents. Could do with a chat?
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Invite them in: Have them attend a session with your Psychiatrist or Psychologist. Education is a critical piece of treatment. ...Read more
Growing up I saw first-hand what it was like to have bipolar disorder. How can I avoid getting it like my parent?
Early treatment: It is important to recognize the mood swings early. Studies show that the more episodes you have the more frequent and the more severe the episodes become. Talk to a psychiatrist who can help you decide how prone to the illness you may be. Getting and staying on a mood stabilizer will dramatically effect your level of functioning and greatly diminish the severity and frequency of episodes. ...Read more
Do undiagnosed bipolar parents lead to severely depressed offspring (from all the unreined in verbal abuse while growing up)?
Living in an abusive: Home as a child impacts on the emotional health of any child. Since children are unable to get out of their home without help from adults, they are traumatized by abusive parents. If you are concerned that a child is being abuse, you can report it to child protective agencies anonymously and it will be investigated. ...Read more