According to bipolardepressioninfo.com, though not the only cause of bipolar disorder, genetics largely determine whether a person will develop bipolar disorder in their lifetime. It is now known that a person's risk for developing bipolar disorder increases when a patient has parents with the disorder.
According to BPkids.org, a website dedicated to child and adolescent sufferers of the disorder, children are predisposed to the disorder, which can be aggravated or triggered by stress.
Bipolar symptoms can mimic those of hyperactivity and attention disorders, especially when a patient is in a manic phase. Parents may be more aware of hyperactivity disorders than they are of bipolar, leading to misdiagnosis and delayed treatment.
A person may be unaware there is a family history of bipolar disorder simply because of a lack of awareness over the years or the fact that a close relative or parent was never medically diagnosed.
The importance of genetic counseling and family medical history is essential to proper diagnosis and treatment of bipolar patients of any age.
Bipolar disorder is a mental condition of imbalanced and improper mood and behavioral changes. Some people will swing from feeling on top of the world to feeling suicidal. A patient will experience manic episodes of hyperactivity and extreme happiness only to have an episode of severe depression follow.