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Growing up I saw first-hand what it was like to have bipolar disorder. How can I avoid getting it like my parent?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
12 doctors agree

In brief: Early treatment

It is important to recognize the mood swings early.
Studies show that the more episodes you have the more frequent and the more severe the episodes become. Talk to a psychiatrist who can help you decide how prone to the illness you may be. Getting and staying on a mood stabilizer will dramatically effect your level of functioning and greatly diminish the severity and frequency of episodes.

In brief: Early treatment

It is important to recognize the mood swings early.
Studies show that the more episodes you have the more frequent and the more severe the episodes become. Talk to a psychiatrist who can help you decide how prone to the illness you may be. Getting and staying on a mood stabilizer will dramatically effect your level of functioning and greatly diminish the severity and frequency of episodes.
Dr. John Moranville
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
9 doctors agree

In brief: You can't part 1

Bipolar disorder is one of the most inheritable disorders known.
If both your parents have bipolar disorder, there's nothing you can do to prevent inheriting it. But you can be aware that certain symptoms may indicate it's presence. Anxiety, grandiosity, mood problems, temperament swings, aggressiveness, anger dyscontrol, substance use disorders, hypersexulaity, sleep difficulties are important.

In brief: You can't part 1

Bipolar disorder is one of the most inheritable disorders known.
If both your parents have bipolar disorder, there's nothing you can do to prevent inheriting it. But you can be aware that certain symptoms may indicate it's presence. Anxiety, grandiosity, mood problems, temperament swings, aggressiveness, anger dyscontrol, substance use disorders, hypersexulaity, sleep difficulties are important.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree

In brief: You can't part 2

If any of these symptoms exist, then early intervention has been shown to minimize the severity of bipolar disorder.
Please see your doctor or a mental health professional if you're concerned you have this. Odds ratio are .81 (no other condition has a higher risk of inheritance) that you will inherit bipolar disorder. Good life practices will not prevent this, but may ameliorate the severity.

In brief: You can't part 2

If any of these symptoms exist, then early intervention has been shown to minimize the severity of bipolar disorder.
Please see your doctor or a mental health professional if you're concerned you have this. Odds ratio are .81 (no other condition has a higher risk of inheritance) that you will inherit bipolar disorder. Good life practices will not prevent this, but may ameliorate the severity.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Prevention of bipola

While someone may have 50% chance of inheriting bipolar gene, chances of getting ill are much less.
Have a healthy lifesyte, avoid alcohol and drugs including excess caffeine. Exercise regularly, eat fish or fish oil. Avoid antidepressants, if early symptoms appear consider mood stabilizers instead. Avoid steroid meds. Learn coping strategies. Fear not, early tx prevents serious symptoms later.

In brief: Prevention of bipola

While someone may have 50% chance of inheriting bipolar gene, chances of getting ill are much less.
Have a healthy lifesyte, avoid alcohol and drugs including excess caffeine. Exercise regularly, eat fish or fish oil. Avoid antidepressants, if early symptoms appear consider mood stabilizers instead. Avoid steroid meds. Learn coping strategies. Fear not, early tx prevents serious symptoms later.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
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