Q:  Cocaine in Pregnancy and Bipolar Child

MY STEP SON HAS BEEN DX WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER.  SOME INFO HAS SURFACED SINCE THEN AND I CAN NOT FIND ANY INFO ON MY SITUATION.

COULD A MOTHER WHO DOES COCAINE DURING PREGNANCY,  RATHER REGULARLY, AFFECT OR HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE BIPOLAR DISORDER.  MY SONS PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER WAS ALSO BIPOLAR AND MANIC.

 KATHRYN

Dear Kathryn -- 

Unfortunately, this is not known (whether cocaine during pregnancy has any impact on the risk of developing bipolar disorder). 

Dr. Phelps


Published April, 2001