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Created On 5/25/06 10:15 AM
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bob
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5/25/06 10:15 AM
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if someone in my immediate family has bipolar, and i marry someone who has bipolar in their immideate family, are the risks for the next generation doubled? is this a very bad situation to get yourself into?
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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5/30/06 5:54 AM
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I am not up on this research. Perhaps Dr. Price might know more.
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i think i heard that if a parent is bipolar, their child is 50% suseptible. gransdchildren i don't know, but that's all i know about that. sorry i could't provide more help and or info.

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RR
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I am pasting a quote that may be of interest to you in response to your qestion. But of course it cannot answer your own individual situation which is different from the ones described here.

http://www.psycheducation.org/depression/02_diagnosis_app.html#Anchor-20311

Are my kids going to get it? (added Jan. '01)

That's possible, because it's genetic. For more on that, see the section below on "what causes bipolar disorder?" and especially the page about genetics. Ok, if it's genetic, how likely are your kids to get it?

The answer used to be "roughly 20% chance if 1 parent has it, 50-70% chance if both do". Those figures apply to Bipolar I data; there has not been separate work on Bipolar II families, though the picture looks roughly the same so far.

However, thanks to a fine article by Duffy and colleaguesDuffy, there's more to say than that now. Their article is very technical, so the following is a "translation" into plain english; any errors in translation are mine.

Here's how that math works, in case you were wondering: "20%" means that if you had 5 kids, statistically one would have a mood disorder. If you only had two kids, there would be a bit more than 50% chance that neither of them would be affected, versus a bit less than 50% chance that one would be affected.

Dr. Duffy and her colleagues emphasize that "20%" is just an average risk, if one parent has bipolar disorder. From there, you need to take into account how many affected relatives you have. If there are a lot, the risk to your children is higher; if there aren't very many, then the risk is lower than 20%.

If you want more details, read the special section on genetics and risk.
taken from:
http://www.psycheducation.org/depression/02_diagnosis_app.html#Anchor-20311

Keep in touch and let me know if you come up with any new relevant information. This situation affects me, too.
Sincerely,
RR
 
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7/11/07 11:29 PM
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This was very interesting. Thank you for your post.
 
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ezrah
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i think it is 50 percent
it also tend to run in familys like your aunts and cousins may have i t


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