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Bi-polar. - January 28th 2011, 08:45 PM

I was thinking, if I would to have children, would they be in risk of having Bipolar too? (My dad had it)
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Re: Bi-polar. - January 28th 2011, 10:38 PM

There is a chance, more than for the average person but if you yourself don't have it I wouldn't worry about it.


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Re: Bi-polar. - January 29th 2011, 12:57 AM

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Re: Bi-polar. - January 29th 2011, 01:09 AM

The answer would be yes, if bipolar runs in your family, then when you have children they will be more likely to have it than the regular person.

It's not a gaurantee, but they have a higher risk of it.


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Re: Bi-polar. - January 29th 2011, 01:56 AM

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The answer would be yes, if bipolar runs in your family, then when you have children they will be more likely to have it than the regular person.

It's not a gaurantee, but they have a higher risk of it.
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Re: Bi-polar. - January 31st 2011, 04:33 PM

Another factor is, sometimes mental illness can lie dormant, and nothing will show up unless something triggers it, whether it be trauma, or even drugs.


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Re: Bi-polar. - January 31st 2011, 05:47 PM

If you have it, then your children have a higher risk of developing it also. If the mother also has bipolar, then your children have an even higher risk. However, both of you can have it and your children may not develop it because one of the most crucial factors is how they are raised, that is, if there is lots of stress placed on them from the conditions you (and possibly the mother) have, that increases it much more. It's not completely determined by genetics so there always are potential protection factors of the child's behaviour. It's also possible that if they do develop a mental disorder, it may not be bipolar disorder or could have multiple disorders.


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Re: Bi-polar. - February 1st 2011, 07:30 AM

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