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What is the probability of my children becoming bipolar?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends

The incidence of bipolar is dependent on family history.
If a close relative has bpd, then the chances increase for the child. Prevalence rates in us are about 2-3%. If either parent has bipolar disorder the incidence increases dramatically. See http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.Shtml. Also the balanced mind association http://www.Thebalancedmind.Org/.

In brief: Depends

The incidence of bipolar is dependent on family history.
If a close relative has bpd, then the chances increase for the child. Prevalence rates in us are about 2-3%. If either parent has bipolar disorder the incidence increases dramatically. See http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.Shtml. Also the balanced mind association http://www.Thebalancedmind.Org/.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Carlos Barrios
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Stats

35% or so a child will have it if one parent has it 75% if chance child will have it both parents have it.
As far as a parent having it: this is done by history taking and interview observation plus the psychiatrist needs to get some information from those who are around the adult often e.g. a family member for example aka Only a psych eval can produce a diagnosis, no clinical blood test yet

In brief: Stats

35% or so a child will have it if one parent has it 75% if chance child will have it both parents have it.
As far as a parent having it: this is done by history taking and interview observation plus the psychiatrist needs to get some information from those who are around the adult often e.g. a family member for example aka Only a psych eval can produce a diagnosis, no clinical blood test yet
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Dr. Carlos Barrios
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In brief: From 2003 study:

1parent bipolar 1 not: 15-30%; 2 parents 50-75%; 1 child with, 2nd child 15-25%; 1 id twin with, 2nd id twin 85%.
But figres like this do not take into account the cross inheritance of other mood disorders and rarely discriminate fully between bpd i and ii.(but i and ii is an important distinction for you).

In brief: From 2003 study:

1parent bipolar 1 not: 15-30%; 2 parents 50-75%; 1 child with, 2nd child 15-25%; 1 id twin with, 2nd id twin 85%.
But figres like this do not take into account the cross inheritance of other mood disorders and rarely discriminate fully between bpd i and ii.(but i and ii is an important distinction for you).
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