Q: Is Bipolar caused by childhood abuse?|
I'm a pre-adopt parent of a 2 year old Daughter. Bio Mom is diagnosed Bi polar. I was told there was no genetic pre-disposition due to the fact that Bio Mom's Bi polar was caused from abuse as a child. Is this information correct? Bio Dad has never been identified, so I don't know what I may be dealing with from him.
Dear Leda --
If Bio Mom had the symptoms (and I presume the correct diagnosis -- ?; e.g. perhaps she had something more like a severe post-traumatic stress disorder? this can look a fair bit like "bipolar", and even respond to some of the same treatments), then there is a genetic risk you could have (but did not necessarily) acquired from her.