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.