Bipolar disorder being brought on by a brain injury?
Q: 9 year ago at age 28, I suffered a stroke caused from a blood clot. For the following four years I was off & on different antidepressents for depression yet I felt I was suffering more from anxiety. I was then diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I went into denial over this. I suppose I didn't like the stigma that came along with this diagnosis(I am A medical assistant & should know better.)I researched Bipolar disorder for two years & decided ok, maybe I do in fact suffer from this. So, to get to the point & my question, I was wondering what your thoughts are on Bipolar disorder being brought on by a brain injury? I'm thinking maybe my sister suffers from this also but seeks no help as she is a severe substance abuser and has alienated herself from the family for years, & I think possibly my father does too but he is not one you can convince of these things so I have no professional confirmation. As for me, I can see a slight pattern starting in my late teens to early twentys but nothing much to speak of. That is why I am wondering how much may have been brought on by my stroke which affected my right brain adjucent to the hypothalamus. OK....I've rambled enough but, I've 2 children in their early teens now that I'm wondering if I should worry about. Hence my wanting to know your opinions on brain injuries & bipolor disorder. Thank you very much, Judy
Dear Judy --