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What can I do if my family is plagued with ocd and severe anxiety disorders, why am i the only one bipolar?

Nonspecific genes

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Generally speaking, emotional disorders run in families and don't necessarily have to follow a "match" pattern in that my parent has "X" so I develop "X." Rather, non-specific genetic vulnerabilities to respond to stress in a certain fashion, predisposition to experience "negative affect or emotion," and psychological vulnerabilities interact to create the risk for certain disorders.
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina answered:

What is bipolar disorder?

Major Mental Illness

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Bipolar disorder is a lifelong mental illness which features recurrent episodes of severe depression and of hypomania/mania - which is best explained as the opposite of depression. Bipolar disorder usually has a strong biological basis. The diagnosis is best made by a psychiatrist. The phrase, "he/she is bipolar" used by lay people often implies emotionality, not the diagnosis.
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what is bipolar disorder?

Manic depressive

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which is characterized by abnormally high (manic) and abnormally low (depressive) episodes.
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina answered:

What is bipolar disorder ?

Major Mental Illness

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Bipolar disorder is a lifelong mental illness which features recurrent episodes of severe depression and of hypomania/mania - which is best explained as the opposite of depression. Bipolar disorder usually has a strong biological basis. The diagnosis is best made by a psychiatrist. The phrase, "he/she is bipolar" used by lay people often implies emotionality, not the diagnosis.
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Have bipolar disorder a test?

History

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No lab or radiologic test, nor physical exam, can test for bipolar. Perhaps one day as there are strong indications it is a brain condition with a genetic background. But for now, it's a patient's history of modd changes, cognition and behavior that makes the diagnosis. In truth, this method works quite well, having been refined since antiquity.
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Dr. Alan H. Ali answered:

Do i have a bipolar disorder?

Bipolar

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Moods swing to extremes, between episodes of depression lasting around few weeks & phases of mania lasting few weeks each. Milder forms are called bipolar type 2 or cyclothymia, more severe forms are accompanied with psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not there. Your mental health counselor can assess & give more definite diagnosis.
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what causes bipolar disorder?

Multifactorial

So far no one has established a genetic link with bi-polar disorder, and many have tried. It is certainly true that it runs in families, but that can be a result of the family environment. There is a reasonable theory that the manic episodes are a way of combating the depressive feelings and that both are the result of chronic internal stress leading to depletion of neurotransmitters.
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Can kids get bipolar disorder?

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While unusual, children can develop symptoms of Bipolar disorder in childhood. While most individuals develop symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in adolescence or early adulthood, a small number do get it as young as 8 years old
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Dr. Paul Pancner answered:

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
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How to manage bipolar disorder?

Treating bipolar

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Successful management of bipolar disorder involved medication as indicated, avoiding alcohol and substance use, good sleep habits, and regular exercise
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