Husband has bipolar -- what's the chance our daughter got it?
Q: My husband has bipolar disorder, he is going to start a treatment. my
question is: We have a 11 yers old daughter, does she has more chances to have a
bipolar disorder than other child? thanks. lorena
Dear Lorena --
Unfortunately yes, this condition is recognized to be genetic, in part.
Her chance of having it is higher than average. Yours is such an important
question. There was a nice article about improving estimates of risk for
someone like you, by some doctors from Nova Scotia, just recently. I have
tried to "translate" their technical
article as a new section on my website, for people with questions like
yours. By the time Colleen posts this on BipolarWorld, I should be done or
close to it on my site. Have a look to learn how to make
your own estimate based on the frequency of the illness in his family.
Published January, 2001