Is mental illness like bipolar hereditary?

Yes. Bipolar disorder has a very high degree of heritability. This is seen in the concordance rate for this condition that is 70 percent to 80 percent for identical twins where one twin has bipolar disorder with the percentage being the likelihood that the other identical twin will have the condition.

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Help please! Is bipolar disorder a serious mental illness?

Yes. Historically, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have both been known as "severe mental illnesses". This wording can be important as receiving help from mental health centers sometimes is predicated upon meeting the definition of "severe mental illness". You used the word serious and bipolar disorder meets that definition too. The risk for suicide or homicide is what makes it so serious. Read more...

Can bipolar disorder qualify as a mental illness for disability claims?

How do you mean it? I suppose the folks handling decisions are the best ones to ask, but i really can't imagine how severe bipolar disorder would not qualify as a disability - at least partial. However, many bi-polar people do work even though it is difficult. But, if you mean: can i hold an employer to blame for being diagnosed as bi-polar, probably not. Read more...

Can a person's bipolar disorder turn into a more serious mental illness?

No, but... ...Bipolar is itself serious. If not properly treated, bipolar in its later stages cause severe deterioration in relationships and career. It then also has the highest risk of completed suicide of any mental condition. There exist combination diagnoses as well, in which another serious condition co-exists, but this is not really the change of one into another. Professional care is urgent regradless. Read more...

Do you consider bipolar disorder to be the worst mental illness to live with?

Any is hard. It is hard to live with anyone suffering from a mental illness. If you are in distress make sure to get some help support and treatment for yourself as well. Read more...
No, it depends. What you may be dealing with may be very difficult for you. Have you heard of the national alliance for the mentally ill or nami? There may be a branch in your area and you could check. Nami is a support group for families of those with mental illnesses. It can be extremely tiring and frustrating trying to deal with someone who has a severe mental illness. I've used Risperdal consta with success. Read more...

Can you tell me how I can get goverment help for my sister who is on probation for drugs and has a mental illness bipolar/scski?

See below. Below is the link for ny state department of health and mental hygiene: http://www.Nyc.Gov/html/doh/html/mental/mental.Shtml with the phone number. This info might serve as a good starting point. Good luck! Read more...

Do you consider bipolar disorder to be the best mental illness due to mania?

Terrible "lows" First of all, the "highs" of mania are more a story about an abundance of boundless super-charged energy (often associated with grandiosity and sometimes paranoia) and not so much a story about happiness and joy. Secondly, the "lows" can be very low and accompanied by suicidal despair. Read more...
No. It is a major illness that can disrupt relationships vocations academic work financial security etc. It may lead to jail or suicide mania usually produces irritability which isn't fun--i don't see it as being "best". Read more...
Best? Most fun? Most interesting? Most difficult? It is hard to know what you mean. For those with severe mental illnesses, most don't find a lot of good to having the disorders that they have. Most would choose to have no illness, mental or physical. Manics get themselves in lots of trouble and can ruin their lives and the lives of those around them, especially in the most severe of cases. Read more...

Does anyone can help me to diagnose what mental illness I have? I feel like I have extremely depression and little bipolar. Sorry for my english :)

This lists your. Condition as bipolar disorder. It is not a good idea to make self- diagnoses. Your health and wellness is to precious not to get professional help. Instead of guessing at it - seek professional mental health consultation. Take care. Read more...

Could severe mental illness (severe bipolar or schizophrenia) cause violence?

Uncommonly yes. About 10% of people who suffer from schizophrenia have engaged in violent activity. As reference this number is 25% for people with alcohol use disorders. Read more...

What can I do if I was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar or other mental illness?

2nd Opinion. There is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion from another psychiatrist, if you feel you have been misdiagnosed or are unhappy with your treatment. Read more...