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How Do I Know If I Have A Genetic Predisposition To Bipolar Disorder
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. ...Read more
Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more
Yes: There's an incompletely understood genetic connection in bipolar disorder. The most convincing evidence is studies of monozygotic twins, in which there's increased likelihood of bipolar disorder in both twins if one presents with this disorder. Children of bipolar parents are at higher risk than others, of developing a mood disorder. Growing up with a bipolar parent brings risks also. ...Read more
Yes, there are: Different forms and severity, and even cycling speed, of bipolar disorder. Some folks are more manic and some more depressed. While we are making strides w/neuroscience, we don't know the exact cause and why some folks have more pronounced symptoms than others. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genetics of Bipolar: Although results inconsistent, many earlier studies suggest chromosomal aberrations (specifically chromosome 6q & 8q21). Most studies suggested heterogeneity (several genes involved, specifically those for serotonin, Dopamine & glutamate. Also, there is strong correlation with advanced paternal age, suggesting genetic mutations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That's a shame: You need to try and find either a board certified addiction psychiatrist or a board certified psychiatrist who is also board certified in addictionology (like me). I think that drugs of abuse most certainly makes bipolar d/o worse and those with bipolar d/o suffer from a greater risk of substance abuse and dependency. I treat both at the same time in my clinic. You should be able to find someone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could be both: Adhd & bipolar disorder are conditions that require expert intervention for diagnosis & treatment. A person could have either or both at the same time (comorbid conditions). Bd are usually more rageful, irritable, aggressive & angry. Bd folks cycle through moods such as depression or extreme happiness (euphoria or mania). Adhd folks tend not to be that way. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bipolar: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. Get a full psychiatric evaluation for what bothers you and ask for a referral to a reputable psychotherapist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...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
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