Why does my child have bipolar disorder?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Unfortunately, this is a very difficult question to answer. If we could, we probably would be on our way to Sweden right now accepting a Nobel Prize. Nobody knows what exactly causes bipolar disorder yet. However, researchers have identified a number of risk factors. For example, family history (especially a parent), certain lifestyle choices, negative life events that cause significant stress, and co-morbid conditions may increase your risk. Talk to your pediatrician, and/or pediatric psychiatrist, or developmental pediatrician (one specializing in child development) about ways to help you and your child understand and cope with bipolar disorder.


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