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If a mother of a child has bipolar, is it possible for the child just to have depression?
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
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In brief: Yes, or none at all
The risk of passing bipolar disorder from one parent to child is 5-15%.
(it's 30-50% if both parents are bipolar.) while the child of a bipolar mother has >5x risk of bipolar disorder compared to the general population, it's nowhere near 100%. Such a child could have depression only, or could be perfectly fine. Fortunately, "perfectly fine" is the most likely outcome statistically.

In brief: Yes, or none at all
The risk of passing bipolar disorder from one parent to child is 5-15%.
(it's 30-50% if both parents are bipolar.) while the child of a bipolar mother has >5x risk of bipolar disorder compared to the general population, it's nowhere near 100%. Such a child could have depression only, or could be perfectly fine. Fortunately, "perfectly fine" is the most likely outcome statistically.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Matthew Keener
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: Yes, it is.
Bipolar disorder has hereditary factors that overlap with unipolar depression.
It is possible for the child of a mother with bipolar disorder to inherit a risk for depression from her, but not mania and therefore not bipolar. Still, the child may inherit susceptibility to depression from other genes in the family.

In brief: Yes, it is.
Bipolar disorder has hereditary factors that overlap with unipolar depression.
It is possible for the child of a mother with bipolar disorder to inherit a risk for depression from her, but not mania and therefore not bipolar. Still, the child may inherit susceptibility to depression from other genes in the family.
Dr. Matthew Keener
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