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Does bipolar disorder have to run in your family for you to get it?

Does bipolar disorder have to run in your family for you to get it?

No: Many mental illnesses run in families, but there has never been any convincing evidence that they are hereditary (passed down in the genes). ...Read more

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Does bipolar disorder run in the family> should you tell them if you get it?

Does bipolar disorder run in the family> should you tell them if you get it?

Yes: Bipolar is one of the more heritable psychiatric conditions but may manefest in different ways such as anxiety and panic or ocd. Knowledge of family history and family response to treatment can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Does someone in your family have to have/had MS for you to get it?

Does someone in your family have to have/had MS for you to get it?

No: It is NOT a hereditary disorder, so is not routinely passed along in families. Genetic susceptibility is the issue, and even then, disease does not occur without environmental triggers. ...Read more

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How do you check if you have a clotting disorder in the family?

How do you check if you have a clotting disorder in the family?

Blood tests/history: If there is a history in the family of blood clotting, certain blood tests can be evaluated to determine if there is a genetic (heritable) marker that predisposes the family to clotting. Seeing a specialist - a hematologist - is the best solution to determining this. ...Read more

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How and where does one go to get tested to see if your bipolar?

See a Professional: See a trained professional. Contact your insurance or you google search engine and get the name of a professional. Then make an appointment. During the appointment interview your doctor and make sure you are comfortable with them. They will ask you a series of questions and provide you with a diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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Do I have to get a parent involved in order to see a psychiatrist at age 16?

Do I have to get a parent involved in order to see a psychiatrist at age 16?

Yes: Yes, at 16 you are a minor and parents need to be involved with psychiatric care. If your age is actually 41 (as listed on your question) your parents do not need to be involved. ...Read more

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What do I need to major in in order to get into med school, does it have to be pre-med?

Not really: You can major in anything, but the key is to take the prerequisite courses for the MCAT. You need to score well on the MCAT, maintain a good GPA and keep up your grades, and participate in something you enjoy (arts, sports, music, etc.) Consider shadowing a doctor, especially if you have an interest in a particular speciality and talk to them about their path to medicine. Everyone's different. ...Read more

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Someone I know will never see a psychiatrist for a bipolar disorder though the adult makes everyone's life miserable. How to get her to cooperate?

Someone I know will never see a psychiatrist for a bipolar disorder though the adult makes everyone's life miserable. How to get her to cooperate?

Mental Illness: Be gentle but firm and keep yourself as healthy as possible no matter what the other person does. Please look into the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). They outreach to family and friends. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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

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

Nospecific test: There is not a specific test for this. However, a strong family history of mood disorders including bipolar disorder would increase odds. ...Read more

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For those with autoimmune disorders-how long did it take to get your diagnoses?

For those with autoimmune disorders-how long did it take to get your diagnoses?

Weeks to years: When diseases present explosively with all signs and symptoms as I have seen in some cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the diagnosis may be made in weeks to months. Other times, the disease may evolve slowly (as in scleroderma) and diagnosis may take years. ...Read more

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How do you get a person who have symptoms of alzheimer's to see a doctor, when they are in denial?

How do you get a person who have symptoms of alzheimer's to see a doctor, when they are in denial?

Trick him/her: It is possible to tell the person that he/she needs a checkup for some other condition (e.G, high blood pressure) or just a annual physical examination. ...Read more

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How often does a teenager need to have psychotherapy in order to see benefits?

How often does a teenager need to have psychotherapy in order to see benefits?

Weekly or more: Most psychotherapy for teens or adults works best when done on a regular, planned schedule of at least one session weekly. More intensive therapy, esp. Of the psychodynamic type, may occur two or even three times a week. The reasons for advising such frequent therapy are complex, and not necessarily related to severity. Therapy less than weekly can still potentially help, but less reliably. ...Read more

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What type of doctor would I go to in order to get a sleep disorder diagnosed?

What type of doctor would I go to in order to get a sleep disorder diagnosed?

Sleep Medicine Dr.: In order to properly diagnose a sleep disorder, one should see a sleep medicine doctor. Usually, an overnight "sleep study" needs to be done (usually painless, and involves little wires glued onto one's scalp to measure the brain rhythms, while one sleeps under video monitoring). There are many types of sleep disorders, with various treatments. Children also get sleep disorders. ...Read more

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I have a mental health question. What disorder is it if you have a obession with someone that u go so far to put their pictures all over your wall?

I have a mental health question. What disorder is it if you have a obession with someone that u go so far to put their pictures all over your wall?

As you stated - you: Could have an obsession. To provide an actual diagnosis requires a psychiatric evaluation - not just knowing a small amount of information. It looks like you have major depression - obsessive behavior can sometimes occur in a person who is depressed. ...Read more

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If you had a mental illness that pushes you to stalk people in order to imitate them, what type of measures would it take to "get better"?

If you had a mental illness that pushes you to stalk people in order to imitate them, what type of measures would it take to "get better"?

Evaluation: It is difficult to give an opinion on such a presentation, it is much more helpful to you if you make an appointment with a psychiatrist and get face to face evaluation. The symptoms you describe can be associated with several disorders with different lines of treatment good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Bdd is closely related to OCD but you wouldn`t go to a hospital to get diagnosed with that. Where are you supposed to go?

Bdd is closely related to OCD but you wouldn`t go to a hospital to get diagnosed with that. Where are you supposed to go?

MH Professional: By bdd I am assuming that you are referring to body dysmorphic disorder. A good place to start would be to seek out an evaluation with a qualified mental health professional. There are local societies of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists. Also, you could seek a referral from your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how long I have to stay in college for in order to be a drug abuse counselor?

Does anyone know how long I have to stay in college for in order to be a drug  abuse counselor?

Medical use only: This is for medical questions. Do your own research on the enternet please! ...Read more

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How long does a teenager need to be unhappy in order for you to be worried about depression?

How long does a teenager need to be unhappy in order for you to be worried about depression?

Two weeks.: Major depressive disorder usually is not formally diagnosed unless symptoms are experienced for the majority of a two-week period. Plus the symptoms cannot be attributed to bereavement, drug use, etc. And must include depressed mood most of each day, wt loss, sleep changes, fatique, poor mental function, suicidal thoughts etc, and not attributable to other issues ie anxiety, adhd, etc... ...Read more

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Does bipolar disorder have to run in your family for you to get it?

No: Many mental illnesses run in families, but there has never been any convincing evidence that they are hereditary (passed down in the genes). ...Read more

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Does bipolar disorder run in the family> should you tell them if you get it?

Yes: Bipolar is one of the more heritable psychiatric conditions but may manefest in different ways such as anxiety and panic or ocd. Knowledge of family history and family response to treatment can be very helpful. ...Read more

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I take Abilify (aripiprazole) for bipolar disorder. It sometimes causes uncontrollable speech if i run out or if i'm exhausted. What could be happening? Tourette's?

Discuss w/ doctor: Who prescribed abilify (aripiprazole). There are tourette's pts who are given this to control that symptom. I suppose, like sometimes happens with newer drugs - symptoms may be elicited. Your doctor should be told about this in detail. A different drug or dose may relieve you. Also, try not to get exhausted. Bipolar (or any) psychiatric condition is worsened by fatigue. Talk therapy may help you find balance. ...Read more

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My sister says she has bipolar disorder. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has bipolar disorder. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Increased Risk: There is an increased risk among close family members if someone has bipolar disorder. However, this is not an automatic result. ...Read more

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If one child in a family has bipolar disorder, how likely is it that another child will get it too?

If one child in a family has bipolar disorder, how likely is it that another child will get it too?

Higher risk: A study in the lancet (2009) showed that if sibling a has bipolar, the sibling b is 8 times more likely to develop bipolar disorder. Other studies place the relative risk range between 7 and 10 times. This translates to a 5-20% risk. ...Read more

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How much can family history effect bipolar disorder?

How much can family history effect bipolar disorder?

Likely: Bipolar disorder most frequently is associated with a family history of that disorder, or those related (including alcoholism). This shows that there is often a genetic predisposition to the disorder in a given individual. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could you develop bipolar disorder without a clear family history?

Please tell me, could you develop bipolar disorder without a clear family history?

Yes: There are new cases that are seen without a family history of mood disorder. There are some family lines in which multiple members have had some form of bipolar spectrum disorder. There may be other family lines with history of alcoholism, anxiety disorder or depression - but no known history of bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a chance bipolar disorder passing down the family in fourth generation?

Docs can you explain what is a chance bipolar disorder passing down the family in fourth generation?

A chance: It is difficult to determine a % risk of a 4th generation and without knowing your history. What I do know is a child who has one bipolar parent has a 15-30% risk. One who has 2 bipolar parents has a 50-75% risk. Bipolar disorder can also sometimes skip a generation. Environmental stressors can also be a trigger of bipolar for some individuals. Is there a chance, yes, but not a definite one. ...Read more

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Someone in my circle shows signs of a bipolar disorder and is on somekind of medication but wishes to keep it a secret from family and friends. ?

Agree with Dr Fricke: Not only is medical information especially mental health very confidential it is not good to make assumptions about someone else. Family and friends can be supportive and suggest treatment if they have concerns, but respect a person's right to privacy, . If you are concerned about danger to self or others call 911. ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can develop bipolar disorder without a clear family history?

Doctors, do you think I can develop bipolar disorder without a clear family history?

It can happen: although bipolar appears to have hereditary relationship, it is not always seen in all cases. This may mean that the family relative was many generations back or undiagnosed. If you are concerned that you may have it, consult with a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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Am i bipolar? My doctor said the odds of me having bipolar disorder are slim because all the members of my family have only been diagnosed with depression. I have no idea but when im on depression medication I am so mad at everything. Im either mad or zom

Am i bipolar? My doctor said the odds of me having bipolar disorder are slim because all the members of my family have only been diagnosed with depression. I have no idea but when im on depression medication I am so mad at everything. Im either mad or zom

I : I really recommend that you speak to your doctor. If you feel more angry when on antidepressant medication, you need to let your doctor know. It could mean that particular medication is not the right choice for you. You might need a different antidepressant or may even another class of psychiatric medication. If you abruptly stop taking certain antidepressants that can give you more emotional symptoms or can make you physically ill. Please don't give up. Work side by side with your doctor, so that the two of you together can figure out what works best for you. ...Read more

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Might have bipolar disorder and Id like closure I'm U18 and don't want to go to my family doctor about bc of my parents should I go to a walk inclinic?

Might have bipolar disorder and Id like closure I'm U18 and don't want to go to my family doctor about bc of my parents should I go to a walk inclinic?

Bipolar: This is a common and significant disorder. It requires appropriate attention and someone you can trust. Your family doc will not share your visit due to confidentiality duties. If you feel comfortable with him/her, I would recommend you have a conversation. You need to give this the attention it deserves and a minute clinic is not the right choice, in my opinion. ...Read more

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Can kids get bipolar disorder?

Can kids get bipolar disorder?

Yes: While unusual, children can develop symptoms of bipolar disorder in childhood. While most individuals develop symptoms of bipolar disorder in adolescence or early adulthood, a small number do get it as young as 8 years old. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get bipolar disorder?

How common is it for somebody to get bipolar disorder?

Bipolar frequency: You don't catch bipolar disorder like a cold or cancer. You are born with a biologic predisposition and this might manifest at a certain age or be triggered by stress or drug use (incl antidepressants). Stats are 1% of general population but can be as high as 10-30% of individuals who have bipolar parents. Severity can vary greatly and early treatment can be very effective. ...Read more

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At what age could someone possibly get bipolar disorder?

Early Adulthood: In an epidemiological study of major depression and bipolar disorder, weissman et. Al., 1996, reported a first onset at an average age of 6-years. The mean age onset ranges between 24.8 years and 34.8 years. ...Read more

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What happens after you get treated for bipolar disorder?

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Bipolar: Hopefully once stabilized, u would live healthy life. ...Read more

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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more