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If my parent had bipolar disorder, will I get it?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
If one of your parents has bipolar disorder, you have a higher risk of getting this mood disorder than someone whose parent does not have bipolar disorder. Researchers have been conducting genetic studies on families with bipolar disorder for years. These scientists have concluded that bipolar disorder runs in families. Genetic research on bipolar disorder shows that people with a sibling or parent with bipolar disorder are 4 to 6 times more likely to develop bipolar disorder, but your chances of developing it are still very low.

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