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Does bipolar run in my family??

my sister is majorly bipolar and she is always telling me that i’m probably going to get it. does it really just show up i’m 22 and don’t act like her at all. some times i get depressed but i think everyone does on occasions right. i’m accually a pretty laid back and friendly person. do you think i will get this disease?

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My grandfather was bipolar, my mother is, she married a man with an alcoholic mother and my brother and sister and I all have it. Yes, you could say it has a way of getting around. Learn the warning signs, you could have it but just don’t know what to watch out for.
For one, do you have mood swings that swing from one extreme to the other? Do you tend to see things black or white and no in-between? Do you drink alcohol or abuse drugs? If you do, do you do it until you pass out?
These are signs of a possible disorder, but none of them guarantee that you have it or you will get it. Having a sister that does have it, it seems likely you could be well acquainted with it even more than you realize. I encourage you to learn the warning signs.There are web sites and library books where you can learn early warning signs that you are going into an episode.
Bipolar episodes can be so severe you can’t sit down and so much as read the funnies in the newspaper. Being irritable for no reason, not being able to sleep through the night, episodes of contrariness and willfullness where no one can tell you anything are signs of something out of control. It can be preceded by euphoria, anxiety attacks or an unexplained emotional high.
Anywhere at anytime something could set you off and you won’t get off the rollercoater until the episode has passed. Brace yourself for a bumpy ride, and if you don’t get it, or you don’t get it as bad as some others, count your lucky stars. You are very fortunate. While you’re young you have youth and hormones that keep you calmer and the symptoms are less severe, but as you age you can find yourself waking up depressed and doing inappropriate things to self-medicate. While you’re tripping you might feel this is just what you need, but in the light of a new day, you may realize that was the last thing you needed.
Knowledge is power. Being sociable is no guarantee you won’t get it, you may just find other ways of doing it. Everyone has their own ways of doing things. What are yours? When did your sister start showing signs of her disorder? What are they? You may never get it as bad as she does and there’s nothing wrong with that.You can learn to manage it like diabetes and it’s OK. A doctor can prescribe meds that work and you never have another problem again, but it works for some better than others.
I hope it all works out well for you. Good Luck.

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Bipolar disorder tends to run in families. A family history of depression appears to exist in 80 percent to 90 percent of cases of bipolar disorder. Researchers are attempting to identify genes that may make people susceptible to bipolar disorder.

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they have now found genes that put you at high risk of having bipolar disorder. so it is both environmental and genetic at the same time. but that does not mean it can not happen to anyone as it can. please see the link below from the NIMH

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I am the only offspring of 4 kids that inherited the bi polar gene.. my brother doesnt have any trace of it. one of my sisters has a trace of it but hers is not too bad. she doesnt even have to take medicines to control hers.. so just because a parent had it. it may not become a problem for you..but your kids might inherit it or they might not