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Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - What Increases Your Risk

Your child's risk for bipolar disorder or other mood disorders is higher if the child:

  • Has a close relative such as a parent, sibling, or grandparent with bipolar disorder or another mood disorder.
  • Has a family history of problems with alcohol or drugs. Such family members may be using alcohol or drugs as a way to deal with a psychological disorder.
  • Has had several episodes of major depression. For every 100 teens with recurring depression, at least 15 are later diagnosed with bipolar disorder.1
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Last Updated: April 10, 2013
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