Genetics, Family History and Bipolar in Children and Teens

Articles and information relating to the role of genetics and family history to a child or teens' diagnosis with bipolar disorder.

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Genetic Testing for Depression Treatments Could Eliminate ‘Trial-and-Error’ Antidepressant Prescribing

bp Magazine
May 9, 2018

A new study has found a patient’s genes can help clinicians predict how they respond to antidepressant medications May 07, 2018, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—The trail-and-error process used in prescribing antidepressants is currently believed to be a reason it can fail and become expensive. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) patients who do not respond to antidepressant...

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Living With Bipolar: To Have, or Not to Have, Children

Susie Johnson
May 8, 2017

Deciding whether or not to have children is difficult, especially when you have bipolar. By Susie Johnson In May we honor the woman who brought us into this life. That got me thinking about motherhood and the choice each woman makes about it. Ever since I was six years old, I wanted to be a...

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5 Predictors of Bipolar Disorder in At-Risk Children & Teens

bp Magazine
February 25, 2017

The genetics involved in bipolar disorder are complicated when it comes to what affects a child’s risk of getting the condition. While studies continue, researchers and psychiatrists do look at different predictors for higher-risk children and teens. Here are five to keep in mind:   #1 Genetics Bipolar disorder clearly has underlying genetic factors and...

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Me, My Son and OUR Bipolar Disorder: Coping as a Team

Maria G.
November 8, 2008

By the time Jimmie was 3 1/2-years-old , they confirmed he had early onset bipolar disorder; not long after Maria found out her diagnosis: Bipolar I.   By Maria G.   Sitting in my mother’s kitchen, I watched my 10 month-old son exploring everything he could reach in his walker. He was teething and started...

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One Family, Four Bipolar Diagnoses

Michelle Roberts
April 1, 2008

Cara and all three of her children were diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but her family learned to take things day by day. By Michelle Roberts   When Cara and Tom G. decided to start their family two decades ago, they were worried that their children might suffer from diabetes. The disease, after all, had taken...

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Do You Watch For Signs Of Bipolar In Your Children?

BP Readers
November 22, 2007

Are you a parent who is watchful of your child exhibiting signs of early onset or teen bipolar disorder? If so, how do you monitor these concerns? bp Readers respond:   I constantly worry about my 3-year-old son having bipolar. Every time he has a temper tantrum, I ask myself, “Could this be a symptom?”...

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Bipolar and the Decision to Have Children

Michelle Roberts
May 8, 2007

Women & experts discuss factors in the decision to have children when they are living with bipolar disorder. By Michelle Roberts   Candace was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 23. With its irrational highs and soul-wrenching lows, the illness threatened to steal everything she cared about: her relationship with her loving husband, her nursing...

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Does Having Bipolar Disorder Impact Your Decision To Have Children?

BP Readers
May 8, 2007

bp Magazine asks: Genetic predisposition is considered a factor for onset of bipolar disorder. Has family history had—or will it have—an impact in your decision to have children of your own? bp readers respond…   We already had two children and a third on the way before we found out the first two had mood...

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