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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
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
Possible: Two studies by distel et al. In 2008 found a strong genetic contribution to borderline personality dx. However, it is early in this research to be confident about such conclusions. Nonetheless, it would not surprise me if more research supported these findings, given the known genetic contribution to other disorders such as schizophrenia, anxiety (gad, ptsd), bipolar dx, and adhd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: It is heretiable in a few ways, modeling, watching parents results in similar behavior, impulse control has heretible components, and if a child's needs are not met by his caregivers, he will not develop empathy, only survival strategies and tend to violate the rights of others-the hallmark of conduct disorder. ...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 5 more doctor answers
Yes: Bipolarity is very strongly related to genetic inheritance. How it affects your life (the balance of good and bad effects of mood variation) may depend on your growing up experiences. But whether or not you have bipolar mood variation is almost all due to genes. ...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
Usually: Bipolar disorder is often inherited, though the rates from parent to child are around 10%. If one of your parents has bipolar disorder, its a good idea to be aware of the symptoms and see a professional if they develop so one can learn how to cope and likely get on a mood stabilizer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Yes and no: Bipolar d/o is a longitudinal disorder. Someone with depression may not have had recognizable manic episodes. Manic episodes associated with psychosis may not be recognized as mania. Rarely would someone be misdiagnosed with bipolar d/o unless psychotic symptoms persist in the absence of significant mood related symptoms which would likely be schizophrenia. Substance abuse may cloud the picture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but treatable.: Yes, it is a serious condition and evidence shows that it can be just as debilitating as bipolar i disorder. It is, however, treatable by a qualified psychiatrist. Patients can live productive happy lives with the correct course of treatment. ...Read moreSee 6 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No simple answer b/c: It depends on the person and the severity of the disorder. Persons with bipolar i can be psychotic as are individuals w/ schizoaffective disorder, which means a combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder. All things being equal, the person with schizoaffective disorder with bipolar characteristics is likely to have more mental health problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: By definition, there is a difference. Schizophrenia is characterized by psychosis which is when a person experiences hallucinations and/or delusions. A mood component is not part of such a clinical picture. Schizoaffective d/o is when a person has a major mood disorder and has also had periods of psychosis during times when they had no disturbance of their mood. There's bipolar & depressed types. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Based on excellent studies looking at twins who were adopted at birth in certain scandinavian counties, one's risk of developing schizophrenia is about 10% if one parent has schizophrenia. The odds rise to 50% for offspring if both parents have it. By the way, there are good treatments now available for schizophrenia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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