My father has bipolar disorder. Will ...

My father has bipolar disorder. Will I also have it?

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Ankit Nagpal

New Delhi, India

#1 Sep 13, 2011
My father has bipolar disorder (disease started after my birth). He takes regular dose of lithium carbonate and stay in control because of it. If he leaves it for a week the symptoms start appearing. He has low IQ level and was poor in studies and logical reasoning. But he is not a mentally retard and has average thinking ability. My grand mother had the same disease (disease started before the birth of my father). One of my father's sister also has permanent mild (below average I would say) bipolar issue. So, I would say that my father and my aunt inherited the disease from my grand mother. My father has three sisters and none of their children (my cousins) and neither me nor my sister have this disease. Me, my sister and my cousins are 20-30 in age and do not show any signs of it. Is there any chance that I might have it at older age? I am totally aware of this disease and what effects it causes to the behavior because I have seen my father, my grand mother and my aunt suffering from it. I am in perfect health state and go to the gym 2-3 hrs a week and do yoga and meditation 2-3 hrs a week as a preventive measure. Will this help? I have never taken a lithium test so I do not know how good my lithium levels are. Should I take lithium tests on regular basis to my check levels? I do not have any disease and had a laser eye surgery to correct short-sightedness caused by TV and video games. I was good in studies and I have good IQ and reasoning capabilities.

My concern is that my father requires regular dose of lithium carbonate to remain in control. None of my three aunts (father's sister) need medication because only one has very mild permanent symptoms of it and does not require medicine to control it. So, I am the only child in my generation whose one of the parent has it. And hence I am always worried.
badly hurt

London, KY

#2 Sep 14, 2011
My father had a mental problem that I now recognize as bi-polar disorder. I suffer from it too. But my brother does not. Mental illness was on both sides of my family, my mother's family seamed afflicted with a mental illness that made them cruel and abusive. One of my uncles committed suicide. Another left his wife and kids and was never heard of again, my mother was abusive to us when we were children and to my father who had polio. My other uncle lives in the house that belongs to his dead parents and he refuses to sit on their furniture, he sits in the middle of the floor. They have been dead 17 years. My grandpa was also a very cruel man, he had a two yr. old baby that was crying through the night and he picked it up by the legs and beat it with a leather strap. The next morning that baby was dead. He wrapped it up in a blanket and took it out and buried it in the woods.

My fathers family has a gentle type of mental illness, my father when living would walk around talking and laughing to himself. He thought he could read other peoples minds and he thought people were sending him secret messages. His brother and mother had been hospitalized in mental wards. He would have been to but he refused to go.

You may never have to deal with it. It is strange, I think a lot of it has to do with how sensitive you are and a big type of what kind of personality you have. I was always a big worrier. My brother was not.

Since: Jul 11

San José, Costa Rica

#3 Oct 17, 2011
Because your father is bipolar does not mean you will be. However, since it seems to run in families you at least have a higher possibility of having it.
There is really no total proof yet as to what causes the disease. Others feel it could be because the family is dysfunctional and everyone is living under the same stressful environment. Whichever the case, you can beat it if you are a strong willed person.
Nutz to You

Flora, IN

#4 Oct 18, 2011
I believe having relatives with this disorder make it more likely. However, it is not by any means an absolute. You are obviously well-educated and aware. Those traits makes you a better person to deal with whatever comes your way. Stay healthly and happy, please do not second guess yourself to much. Hopefully you have discussed this with your personal physician. Try to keep in touch with your self and activity patterns by journaling; it can be very helpful in sorting things out. Good Luck!
Bipolar alumni

Discovery Bay, CA

#5 Jan 29, 2012
First: your yoga and gym exercising crap isn't going to help you. You either have it, or you don't.
Second: your father didn't get it "after you were born" he's had it his whole life, he just hadn't showed symptoms until you came along.
Third: it's not a "disease" , it's a disorder or a mental illness. Preferably disorder.
Fourth: your dad doesn't have a low IQ because he is bipolar, and the fact that your smart doesn't mean you don't have it.

I apologize if this hurts your feelings in any way, my only intentions are to further educate you.
Ankit

New Delhi, India

#6 Jan 30, 2012
Bipolar alumni wrote:
First: your yoga and gym exercising crap isn't going to help you. You either have it, or you don't.
Second: your father didn't get it "after you were born" he's had it his whole life, he just hadn't showed symptoms until you came along.
Third: it's not a "disease" , it's a disorder or a mental illness. Preferably disorder.
Fourth: your dad doesn't have a low IQ because he is bipolar, and the fact that your smart doesn't mean you don't have it.
I apologize if this hurts your feelings in any way, my only intentions are to further educate you.
Agreed.
Truth

San Clemente, CA

#7 Aug 19, 2012
No Genetic Proof of Mental Illnesses
“No claim for a gene for a psychiatric condition has stood the test of time, in spite of popular misinformation.”—Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, Harvard Medical School psychiatrist
No Brain Scans For Mental Illness

Psychiatrists claim that brain scans now show brain changes that “prove” mental disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression, are brain-based. There is no scientific evidence to prove this: it remains what the “fine print” in the studies tell you:“suggests,”“may” and “it is hoped.”

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