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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
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
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
What are symptoms of bipolar disorder and how would i know if I have it? I am a but concerned i might.
Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar d/o includes episodes of both depression (sad mood, changes in sleep, energy ; appetite) and mania/hypomania. Mania means times of increased energy, less need for sleep, feeling of racing thoughts ; speech, increased impulsive behavior, sometimes poor judgment, elated or euphoric mood which can progress to irritable. Both phases can become psychotic with delusions and hallucinations too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You may know that: Bipolar disorder manifests in extreme mood swings between depression and mania/hyperactivity. Some folks are more hyper and some more depressed. The cycle can be very quick or span over days. A licensed mental health professional can diagnose and treat you. It's best to go to someone who has a lot of experience w/this. Your family doc can refer you. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acceptance: "conquering" bipolar d/o means becoming very aware of your own wellness patterns, first signs of a manic or depressive episode in you -- & having a plan "in case." also you know exactly what your needs are for rest, exercise, diet, etc so that you keep your system stable. You know your medications, their effects, and you work w/your psychiatrist & therapist so you can enjoy your life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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