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Does bipolar disorder have to run in your family for you to get it?

12 doctors weighed in
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In brief: No

Many mental illnesses run in families, but there has never been any convincing evidence that they are hereditary (passed down in the genes).

In brief: No

Many mental illnesses run in families, but there has never been any convincing evidence that they are hereditary (passed down in the genes).
Dr. William Drescher
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
I agree that you can have bipolar disorder without a family history, but the evidence is pretty convincing that it can be inherited. Genes are complicated as you might inherit genes to get a condition but they may not be "turned on" to cause illness also mutations occur. Various factors such as stress, drug use and luck of the draw might be the precipitating factor in a vulnerable individual
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

It seems that the right combination of genes needs to be present for the development of bipolar disorder.
And the has to be the first person in a family to have it.

In brief: No

It seems that the right combination of genes needs to be present for the development of bipolar disorder.
And the has to be the first person in a family to have it.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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