It may be a poll, but the answer is still no. BP is a medical condition. You can't catch it like a cold. You may get depressed from having to deal with the stress of living with someone who is bp, but bp is a disorder of brain chemicals. It's genetic. You're more likely to get it from your mom or dad than from your husband.
This is from the National Alliance on Mental Illness website:
"What are the causes of bipolar disorder?
While the exact cause of bipolar disorder is not known, most scientists believe that bipolar disorder is likely caused by multiple factors that interact with each other to produce a chemical imbalance affecting certain parts of the brain. Bipolar disorder often runs in families, and studies suggest a genetic component to the illness. A stressful environment or negative life events may interact with an underlying genetic or biological vulnerability to produce the disorder. There are other possible "triggers" of bipolar episodes: the treatment of depression with an antidepressant medication may trigger a switch into mania, sleep deprivation may trigger mania, or hypothyroidism may produce depression or mood instability. It is important to note that bipolar episodes can and often do occur without any obvious trigger." (emphasis mine)
That said, what I'm hearing is that you're scared you're bp too. That's no laughing matter. You wouldn't have "caught it" from your husband, you would have been vulnerable to it all along. If you're sincerely worried, make an appointment with a psych and get screened. You have nothing to lose. And if you turn out to be depressed instead of bipolar, the psych will treat you for that instead -- which will still be a good thing.
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It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare
Post Edited (serafena) : 2/7/2008 12:48:20 PM (GMT-7)