My husband is bipolar and I know his father was extremely verbally abusive to him and his siblings from approx 8 yrs old to mid-teens. Some physical abuse (kicking him) also ocurred. One of the brothers was a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, who died in his forties. I can't help but wonder how much his childhood, mixed with some PTSD from the military, could affect the bipolar condition. Thank you and God bless you all.
Hi, I am manic depressive (bipolar)
The cause of bipolar disorder is not entirely known. Genetic, neurochemical and environmental factors probably interact at many levels to play a role in the onset and progression of bipolar disorder. The current thinking is that this is a predominantly biological disorder that occurs in a specific part of the brain and is due to a malfunction of the neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain). As a biological disorder, it may lie dormant and be activated spontaneously or it may be triggered by stressors in life.
Bipolar disorder tends to be familial, meaning that it “runs in families.” About half the people with bipolar disorder have a family member with a mood disorder, such as depression.
A life event may trigger a mood episode in a person with a genetic disposition for bipolar disorder.
Even without clear genetic factors, altered health habits, alcohol or drug abuse, or hormonal problems can trigger an episode.
Among those at risk for the illness, bipolar disorder is appearing at increasingly early ages. This apparent increase in earlier occurrences may be due to underdiagnosis of the disorder in the past. This change in the age of onset may be a result of social and environmental factors that are not yet understood.
I hope this informaiton helps you ... from a caring individual
Yes it can according to all my physicians (many since 1992) I am 50 diagnosed with Bi-polar(rapid cycle), paranoid schizo, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD. Many of these my various Dr. claim started from my childhood but went undiagnosed until I was 32. Some are also heredity. M grandmother, and aunt, both maternal were bipolar. Even though I have a family history, none of us take the same combo of meds. I have 2 sis and 1 bro on meds as well. Your whole life and the way you live your life plays a large part in how well you can cope and live with your disease. Hope I helped
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