My dad is manic depressive, how likly am I to be as well?

20% If a first degree relative (i.e. Father, mother, siblings) has bipolar disorder, the lifetime risk of developing an affective disorder (i.e.Depression, alcoholism, or bipolar disorder) is 20%. The risk among the general population is 1%. The good news is that there are effective treatments available. The bad news is that people must desire or want to take these meds.
Genetics. Maybe a collegeau can give you a more precise answer in regards to true %. We do know bipolar does run in families. Also there is much controversy among physicians based on how liberal they boarden the criteria. Working with mostly children and adolescents is use the dsm-4tr criteria, as younger patients clinical presentation changes over time, getting a good family history is helpful.
Agree with Dr. Kwok. Also remember that having a genetic predisposition is not the only determinant of whether the disorder will be expressed. Environmental issues also play an important role.

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What is the best way to deal with & communicate with an untreated, & in denial manic-depressive; who is also an alcoholic/drug user/father 2 my kid?

Protect your child. It is difficult to communicate with someone under the influence of drugs/alcohol, especially with a psych disorder. Your primary concern should be for the safety of you child obtaining full custody. Communication may be limited to a mediator such as lawyer or case manager if he is not receptive to you. Read more...
Restraining order. You definitely need legal counsel. He needs treatment. Physical abuse is a serious matter and should never be tolerated. Your lawyer can issue a restraining order to protect you and your daughter and then you would be able to call the police if he tries to bother you. In court, they would likely require he get treatment of both alcohol abuse and bipolar disorder to be around either of you. Read more...
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