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Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

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Dr. Paul Pancner
Clinical Psychology
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Paul Pancner
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6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

There is a lot of evidence for a genetic predisposition to bipolar disorder.
Twin studies show evidence for genetic predisposition. However, genes are nit the only factor - bipolar disorder, like most mental illnesses have complicated, multifactorial etiologies.

In brief: Yes

There is a lot of evidence for a genetic predisposition to bipolar disorder.
Twin studies show evidence for genetic predisposition. However, genes are nit the only factor - bipolar disorder, like most mental illnesses have complicated, multifactorial etiologies.
Dr. Panagiota Korenis
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Bipolar disorder disorder definitely runs in families.
There has not yet been found a specific genetic link, but much research is being done in that area. Even though there is likely a genetic link, the expression of symptoms may be variable.

In brief: Yes

Bipolar disorder disorder definitely runs in families.
There has not yet been found a specific genetic link, but much research is being done in that area. Even though there is likely a genetic link, the expression of symptoms may be variable.
Dr. John Moranville
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