Please can someone confirm whether Bi-polar runs in families.
I was diagnosed as having cyclothymia yesterday (sometimes called bipolar III). I'd been reading about bipolar disorder, having struggled with depression (MDD) and hypomania for 3 years or so now. Whilst I was taking anti depressants and a mood stabilizer, I still hadn't had a diagnosis other than borderline personality disorder. Ho hum!
Anyway, to answer your question...YES. It is largely an inherited condition although a stressful event can trigger it. As far as I'm aware, I have no bipolar in the family, only depression. But this could have been misdiagnosed. Statistically, I read, that over 70% of bipolar sufferers are misdiagnosed with depression or borderline personality disorder. It takes an average of 8 years for the docs to reach a diagnosis. This is because mood trends have to be tracked over at least 2 years and other causes, such as medication or thyroid disorders, eliminated.
If you have bipolar disorder, it is likely that you will pass the gene on to your children, though this doesn't necessarily mean they will contract the illness.
Hope this helps
Potty P x