What is the role of genetics and environment with bipolar disorder?
Genetic and environmental factors may play a role in bipolar disorder. HealthMaker Jeffrey Borenstein, MD, a psychiatrist at the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, talks about the importance of managing those factors we can control.
I would say avoid stress. And yes, please do, but that's much, much easier said than done. [MUSIC PLAYING]
The role of genetics and environment in bipolar, again, we're beginning to better understand it.
As is the case with other illnesses, psychiatric illness and other illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease,
there's an interplay between a genetic or an inherent vulnerability that a person may have,
or susceptibility that the person has, and environmental factors that may bring it on.
So it's important in terms of what we can control are the environmental factors. So it's important that people have good sleep habits
and sleep properly, exercise properly. It's important that people handle stress.
We all have stress, so I would say avoid stress. And yes, please do, but that's much, much
easier said than done. But how the person manages stress is probably as important as avoiding stress
since we're all going to have stress. So all of those factors together can help a person and may actually minimize the risk of developing bipolar
disorder. And if a person has bipolar disorder, taking those steps can minimize the risk of having another episode.
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