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My bf is bipolar, thankfully since we found out im pregnant he has been good about taking his meds. I was looking up the chances that my son will inherit the disorder like my bf did. I read that there was a 10-50% chance my son will inherit bipolar disorder.  Is anyone else having a baby with someone who has bipolar disorder and know how common it is to be inherited?
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9584608 tn?1413682492
My dad was bipolar. And out of 3 kids only my brother ended up with it.
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My bf's dad is bipolar and he is the only one of 3 who have it. The thing that i think is strange is everyone I know who is bipolar is the oldest. Does that hold true for your family?
9363149 tn?1403391220
Im bipolar, im hoping my son doesnt inherit it..
But i'd rather him be bipolar than have his dads agression..
Im also the oldest of 3 kids.
9584608 tn?1413682492
My brother is the middle child.
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Thank you ladies. I do appreciate it.
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I'm bipolar, I think my mom may be to but she's never even seen a doctor to find out. My dad has social anxiety disorder, and my grandma (his mom) was in and out of mental hospitals. My dad is the youngest of 9 but most of his siblings are on some form of mood stabilizer. Mental illnesses can definitely be genetic but it's not guaranteed to pass. Oh and I can tell you first hand, medication only works if you take it the right way everyday.
7343521 tn?1402375559
Im pretty sure my bd is bipolar. Hes never been diagnosed but he has all the signs and symptoms. . .im hoping my son wont inherit it.
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Yea, I have learned that with my bf. He used to take it only when he needed it but I told him if he wants me to stay and want to be around the baby he has to take it like he is supposed to and ge also needs to do hus counseling. I have social anxiety, general anxiety, ptsd, ocd and panic disorder as well as depression. I refuse to take medication but am  going to counseling.
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Im honestly not too worried about my son being bipolar because I have a cousin who is 3 years younger than me who is bipolar and I was the only person who has been able to help her with it and give her tips on dealing with her anger since we were young. So i know i need to start helping him when hes young.
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I was the same way but the truth about mbd is that by definition it's uncontrollable mood changes so there's no such thing as "as needed" because they're caused by a chemical and hormonal imbalance and the medication can make it worse if you're not stable on it. The beginning of my pregnancy was really tough quitting my meds cold turkey but I had to because there's FDA warnings for all of them about birth defects
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He is supposed to take it twice a day and finally got in the habbit of doing it. It makes our lives so much easier. i have been with him for almost 3 years and this is the first time he has been willing to take it like he is supposed to.
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A lot of mental disorders do have a genetic base. I have depression abd add, my sister has anxiety and depression and adhd. The babys father has depression and adhd. So im pretty sure my child will have something but that doesnt change them one bit. And especially with add, adhd, and bipolar disorder i dont think you should try diagnosing it so early
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Better late than never! Just remind him of how big of a difference it makes if he ever goes back to not taking it. Also, I agree with having a good support system, if you can take care of the problem without medication then that's wonderful, so watch for the signs as your son grows and good luck!(:
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Actually the earlier you diagnose it the better because it decreases the chance of needing medication later if you have it treated properly
8367118 tn?1442609020
How do you know if someone has bipolar disorder? Just curious to know.. :(
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Usually trying to diagnose early leads to misdiagnosis. Kids are kids and just because they are moody and hyper sticking a disorder to them only makes things worse
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Not with PROPER counseling. I told my dad when I was 16 that I was depressed and rather than getting me help he said I was using it as an excuse to act however I wanted, so 4 years later after not being treated I tried to kill myself after a very tough experience. It wasn't until then that I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder while I was receiving treatment for my depression. Not only that but without treatment kids will most likely try to self medicate with drugs if not taken care of. My cousin is in rehab right now for her addictions and she didn't start treatment until she was 22. So again, with PROPER counseling it's better to catch the problem early on before it's too late.
7753764 tn?1401857190
I'm bipolar diagnosed at 19. I take a mild mood stabilizer when um nor pregnant but I am mostly just emotionally I'm not the violent type. There are 3types of bipolar. It depends on the symptoms.
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Ive been told thebest timefor an evaluation is between 5-7, I do want to get him diagnosed early since my bf started showing sogns at age 3. But I refuse to medicate my son beforeh he is 10 because of the effects medication can have on a childs brain. Early diagnoses is much better than waiting until its almost too late. I just got diagnosed with depression and multiple anxiety disorders last month and I am 19. We jumped pn cpunseling because my mother does not want me to have postpartum depression like she did after having my brother.
9584608 tn?1413682492
Taking your medication is definitely important. My dad would NOT take his meds because when he was growing up my grandma convinced him there was nothing wrong with him. When I was 5 he killed himself in front of my mom because she wanted a divorce. He said he was going to make it so she never forgot him. My brother is bipolar too and he wouldn't take his meds right and now he is in a foster home because he kept acting up and getting in trouble.
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I agree that early medication is a bad idea. If you get the help soon enough you could eliminate the need for medication altogether
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I also dont like the idea of the medication unless it really is needed. I refuse all kinds of medications because a lot of them dont work for me. So i really hope i dont have to medicate my son.
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my grandfather was bipolar

my dad minor add

my mom seems at times something but never diagnosed

im adhd bipolar 2 and so on

it tends to run in the genes your side his side and yes him

im no expert but by my experience it runs in the fam
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