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What are the chances of a child being bipolar if one parent is but not the other?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: 20%

In some families the inheritance pattern is such that a 50% chance is likely.
Otherwise, the answer to your question is that each child of a father or mother who has bipolar disorder has a 20% chance of inheriting it & manifesting clinical symptoms of the disorder during childhoid, adolescence or adulthood.

In brief: 20%

In some families the inheritance pattern is such that a 50% chance is likely.
Otherwise, the answer to your question is that each child of a father or mother who has bipolar disorder has a 20% chance of inheriting it & manifesting clinical symptoms of the disorder during childhoid, adolescence or adulthood.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine

In brief: Genetic risk

Genes always come into the equation, ao there may be genetic risk without there being a specific gene that causes it.
Since the brain is a biochemical "machine" it needs proper fuel so the best approach is preventive by learning the best "god made" diet for all of us.Leave out the "junk".

In brief: Genetic risk

Genes always come into the equation, ao there may be genetic risk without there being a specific gene that causes it.
Since the brain is a biochemical "machine" it needs proper fuel so the best approach is preventive by learning the best "god made" diet for all of us.Leave out the "junk".
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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