Bipolar Disorder Causes & Risk Factors
- Q Does childhood trauma cause bipolar disorder?
Dr. Ruth White, Social WorkRecent studies have found that childhood trauma does not directly cause—but does hasten—the onset and severity of bipolar disorder. Children who had been abused were more likely to have early onset, in adolescence or earlier. Full Answer
- Q How can I prevent a relapse of bipolar disorder?
To protect yourself from a bipolar mood swing, it is important that you recognize the early warning signs of episodes of depression, hypomania, or mania. This allows you to consult with your doctor about how best to stabilize your mood. You can also... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for bipolar disorder?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineFamily history, certain lifestyle choices, and comorbid conditions may increase your risk for developing bipolar disorder. For example, if you are between 15 and 30 years old and you have a sibling or parent who is bipolar, you are more at risk.... Full Answer
- Q What causes bipolar disorder?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineExperts aren’t sure what specifically causes bipolar disorder. We know that genetics plays a large role in the illness because you are more likely to “be bipolar” if a parent or sibling has bipolar disorder. Also, researchers believe... Full Answer
- Q Does bipolar disorder run in families?
Scientists have found a higher occurrence of bipolar disorder in relatives of others with bipolar disorder. This has led to a search for a bipolar disorder gene. There does, however, seem to be other factors at play because identical twins do not always... Full Answer
- Q Is bipolar disorder a genetic disease?
Dr. Ruth White, Social WorkBecause bipolar disorder tends to run in families, researchers are looking for genetic markers for the disease, but no one gene has yet been found to be the culprit. Twin studies have shown that several genes and other factors combine to trigger onset of... Full Answer