What causes it?

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   Posted 12/29/2016 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
A friend of a friend has bipolar disorder.

I'm curious.

Tim Tam
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mayoclinic.org says:

The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, but several factors may be involved, such as:

•Biological differences. People with bipolar disorder appear to have physical changes in their brains. The significance of these changes is still uncertain but may eventually help pinpoint causes.

•Neurotransmitters. An imbalance in naturally occurring brain chemicals called neurotransmitters seems to play a significant role in bipolar disorder and other mood disorders.

•Inherited traits. Bipolar disorder is more common in people who have a first-degree relative, such as a sibling or parent, with the condition. Researchers are trying to find genes that may be involved in causing bipolar disorder.

I have bipolar and my maternal grandmother had some mental illness which was never diagnosed in an era when bipolar was basically unheard of and was usually grouped in with schizophrenia.

Adding to the plot was that one of her sons, my uncle, was definitely bipolar, as told to me by a lay counselor who knew my uncle personally when both were young men, and when I was searching for my own diagnoses, he told me on the phone one time,

"He was manic-depressive, and you probably are, too."

So, I think it's inherited.

I take Lithium, which both lifts depression and brings down mania. I also take an anti-depressant, Mirtazapine.

Has this friend's friend been diagnosed and is on the right medicines? What behavior were they showing prior to being diagnosed? Are they doing OK now?

Is your friend helping this person? It's good that you're curious.

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   Posted 1/3/2017 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi billo,

Welcome to the forum.

I am glad you would like to learn more about Bipolar. Learning more about this disorder can help you be supportive to your friend.

Tim has provided great information for you.
Please also check out out resources area where you will find lots of helpful information:

I hope this helps.

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   Posted 1/9/2017 1:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Chronic untreated stress and major life changes can also cause it.

Thats why mind is as important as body.

Most ppl can see body so try to exercise and keep well.

But emotional health is very important too.

Including how we feel and express or repress.
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