Hello, I come from a family of 6 children, one, a brother has bipolar. I do not have bipolar, but suffer with depression, and have most of my life and take meds for. I have 3 children, my youngest daughter has bipolar. My sons are both married and have 2 children each. One son has a son and a daughter, and his wifes mother has bipolar.
My question is: what are the odds that one of my sons children will develop bipolar? also is there a prenatal test that could tell this information?
I hope that the following background information is helpful. Both bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder are complex conditions caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There is currently no clinical genetic testing available for bipolar disorder which can be used as prenatal testing. Research testing for bipolar disorder is available at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at (412) 246-6353, and this lab accepts contact from patients/families.
It may help to meet with a genetic counselor who can thoroughly review the family history and provide you with a personalized risk estimate for your son. Some general information for families is available in the literature. People with a first degree relative (parent, child or sibling) with major depressive disorder are 2-3 times more likely to get a major depressive disorder compared to someone without a family history. Family members of people with bipolar disorder are at increased risk for both bipolar and unipolar disorders, but the reverse has not been found. The chance that someone will develop bipolar disorder in the general population is 1-5%. The chance that someone with a first degree relative with bipolar disorder will develop the condition is 4%-18%. You can find a genetic counselor through the website of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. Best wishes to you and your family.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.