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Does Bipolar Disorder Have To Run In Your Family For You To Get It
The lay term is manic depression. It is a mood cycling condition in which a person has periods of elevated mood & energy, little sleep, racing thoughts & grandiose ideas. The person may engage in risky behaviors, spend a lot or work a lot. These episodes alternate w/ periods of depression for at least 2 wks. The duration & severity of the manic sx determines the ...Read more
I take Abilify 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. 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
If one child in a family has bipolar disorder, how likely is it that another child will get it too?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Manic depressive disorder is also known as Bipolar disorder. 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
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