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What happens in the brain to cause bipolar disorder?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: We Don't Know

We really do not know what causes bipolar disorder and we do not know what happens to the brain in folks with bipolar disorder. It would be great if we did, but we don't.
There is ongoing research trying to unlock the secrets to many brain diseases. I think, in the next decade or so, there will be many great discoveries in this area. Stay tuned.

In brief: We Don't Know

We really do not know what causes bipolar disorder and we do not know what happens to the brain in folks with bipolar disorder. It would be great if we did, but we don't.
There is ongoing research trying to unlock the secrets to many brain diseases. I think, in the next decade or so, there will be many great discoveries in this area. Stay tuned.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
Thank
Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
4 doctors agree

In brief: No one knows yet

One theory is that the brain has excessive electrical activity like numerous tiny seizures.
Researchers are working to answer this question.

In brief: No one knows yet

One theory is that the brain has excessive electrical activity like numerous tiny seizures.
Researchers are working to answer this question.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not known yet

We must find an answer that is entirely different from major depression which is a slowly moving disease.
In bipolar disorder it is possibel to go through nultiple mood shifts aday. It is also possible to be both high and low at the same time. Any comprehensive theory of bipolar disorder will need to take these facts into account.

In brief: Not known yet

We must find an answer that is entirely different from major depression which is a slowly moving disease.
In bipolar disorder it is possibel to go through nultiple mood shifts aday. It is also possible to be both high and low at the same time. Any comprehensive theory of bipolar disorder will need to take these facts into account.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Thank
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