Advertisement

Does childhood trauma cause bipolar disorder?

Ruth White, MPH
Social Work
Recent 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.
Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide to Identifying Triggers, Managing Medications, Coping with Symptoms, and More

More About this Book

Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide to Identifying Triggers, Managing Medications, Coping with Symptoms, and More

After receiving a bipolar diagnosis, you need clear answers. Bipolar 101 is a straightforward guide to understanding bipolar disorder. It includes all the information you need to control your...

Continue Learning about Bipolar Disorder Causes & Risk Factors

How are neurotransmitters involved in bipolar disorder?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Some researchers have linked bipolar disorder to abnormal levels of neurotransmitters (brain che...
More Answers
If my parent had bipolar disorder, will I get it?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
If one of your parents has bipolar disorder, you have a higher risk of getting this mood disorder th...
More Answers
Do pregnancy and childbirth increase the risk of bipolar disorder?
Ruth White, MPHRuth White, MPH
If you have bipolar disorder, hormonal fluctuations may be an issue if you are pregnant or in the po...
More Answers
What goes wrong in the brain in bipolar disorder?
International Bipolar FoundationInternational Bipolar Foundation
Brain-imaging studies are helping scientists learn what goes wrong in the brain to produce bipolar d...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.