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Is Bipolar Disorder Hereditary
Genetics: Bipolar disorder has been found to have some hereditary basis. This doesn't mean that there is a 100% chance that the offsoring of someone with bipolar d/o will enx up with it as well, but rather there is more likelihood as compared to the general population. I believe bipolar d/ o is now the 2nd highezt of mental d/o, being surpassed by adhd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
What are the causes of bipolar affective disorder? Is it hereditary, or due to hormones, or drugs, or what else?
Bipolar: Think of term bio-psycho-social. Biological is inheritance or induced by physical illnesses or medications. Psychological is relation to early traumas or self-concept issues. Social is support system or lack of. ...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
Bipolar affective di: Bipolar affective disorder (bpad) is characterized by both manic and depressive episodes. Manic episodes typically last a few days with decreased need for sleep, increased self esteem, energy, and activity. Depressive episodes are 2 weeks or more of decreased energy, motivation, and self esteem. Episodes may be separated by days, weeks, months, or even years. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stability!: Work closely with your doctor to find the medications that work for you. And, looking back, try to identify the earliest symptoms that you can when it started to go bad. The earlier you can let your doc know you're not right, the faster you 2 can get you back into balance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many types: There is bipolar i and bipolar ii. There are phases such as manic, mixed and depressed types, there are mild, moderate and severe forms. The severe forms may be with or without psychotic features. Finally, there is bipolar disorder, nos which stands for not otherwise specified. This has also been termed atypical bipolar d/o. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In bipolar disorder, do moods fluctuate over the course of weeks, or over the course of hours in a day?
All are possible: All of the above are possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Bipolar disorder, like any other illness, can have different levels of severity. Many productive individuals suffer from the illness, including a famous psychologist from johns hopkins university who wrote a biography about living with the illness. Many famous actors, comedians and singers also live productive lives despite their illness. In some cases the illness can be severe but not for all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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