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What causes bipolar disorder?

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Scientists don't know the exact cause of bipolar disorder. Still, many experts believe that of all psychiatric disorders, bipolar is the most closely linked to genetics. For example, if your parent has bipolar disorder, you are about nine times more likely to get the condition than teens with no family history. Biochemical and environmental factors play a role in bipolar disorder, too. In fact, researchers think that imbalances in neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that regulate moods) increase the chance of bipolar disorder.

From: Teens and Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Davis, RE, , 1979; 136(5):702-706. Sachs, GS; Baldassano, CF; Truman CJ; Guille, C , 2000; 157(3):466-468. Wozniak, J; Biederman, J; Richards, JA; , 1002; 62 (suppl 14):10-15. Keck, PE Jr; McElroy, SL; Arnold, LM, 2001; 85:645. National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder: An Update from the National Institute of Mental Health." Fieve, R., Pennsylvania: Rodale, 2006), American Psychiatric Association, , 4th ed., Washington, D.C., 1994. About.com web site: "Living with Bipolar as a Teen." PsychCentral web site, "Teens and Bipolar Disorder. "





American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of PsychiatryJournal of Clinical PsychiatryThe Medical Clinics of North America,Bipolar II. (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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SOURCES: Davis, RE, , 1979; 136(5):702-706. Sachs, GS; Baldassano, CF; Truman CJ; Guille, C , 2000; 157(3):466-468. Wozniak, J; Biederman, J; Richards, JA; , 1002; 62 (suppl 14):10-15. Keck, PE Jr; McElroy, SL; Arnold, LM, 2001; 85:645. National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder: An Update from the National Institute of Mental Health." Fieve, R., Pennsylvania: Rodale, 2006), American Psychiatric Association, , 4th ed., Washington, D.C., 1994. About.com web site: "Living with Bipolar as a Teen." PsychCentral web site, "Teens and Bipolar Disorder. "





American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of PsychiatryJournal of Clinical PsychiatryThe Medical Clinics of North America,Bipolar II. (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 8, 2018

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