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Can bipolar disorder be passed genetically to my child if I become pregnant?
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Dr. Daniel Anderson
Psychiatry
11 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Bipolar illness is currently felt to be "oligogenic", which means 2 or more genes, working together, contribute to produce the illness.
The approximate risk for a child of a parent with bipolar illness developing bipolar illness themselves is about 10x the risk for the general population.Keep in mind bipolar is a "spectrum ilnness" with greatly varying levels of impairment from mild to severe.

In brief: Yes
Bipolar illness is currently felt to be "oligogenic", which means 2 or more genes, working together, contribute to produce the illness.
The approximate risk for a child of a parent with bipolar illness developing bipolar illness themselves is about 10x the risk for the general population.Keep in mind bipolar is a "spectrum ilnness" with greatly varying levels of impairment from mild to severe.
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Yes
There is a genetic association but it doesn't always occur.

In brief: Yes
There is a genetic association but it doesn't always occur.
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