This is from my friend over at Bipolar Muse; if you haven’t visited her, you should!
Bipolar Disorder is still not widely understood. How do we get it? Is it handed down? Spontaneous selection? It is well known that this disorder is one that can be handed down through our family. Approximately half the people who have bipolar disorder have a family member with a mood disorder. A person with ONE parent who has bipolar disorder has a 15-20% chance of having the condition. Twins have about a 25% chance of getting the condition whereas identical twins, in which one has the disorder, the other identical twin has a greater risk of developing the illness (about an eightfold greater risk than a nonidentical twins). So this proves greatly that the disorder indeed “runs in the family” and is genetic.
“Another cause is Neurochemical. Bipolar disorder is a biological disorder that occurs in a specific area of the brain and is due to the dysfunction of…
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