Can my children get bipolar hypomania from me?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Your children can get bipolar disorder from you, but hypomania is a symptom that cannot be passed on directly.


Symptoms differ in each person and your child may exhibit a variety of mood swings if he does in fact develop bipolar disorder.


Talk to your pediatrician about your child’s risks and ways to help your child understand his condition and control his mood swings if he does get diagnosed.

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