If there is a history of bipolar disorder, also know as manic depression, in your family, you are probably curious to know if it is a genetic disorder. The facts are that it is hereditary, and the amount of members in your family that have the disorder typically determine the chances you will have of inheriting bipolar disorder. Having one parent that is diagnosed puts your risks of inheritance at about 5-15 percent. You can also look at it as a 90-99 percent chance that you will not end up with bipolar illness. In rare cases where two parents have the illness, it raises the risks to about 40-60 percent. If you do not know of your parents medical history, but you have a sibling who has been diagnosed, your risks are about 20 percent. The general population that have no report of bipolar in their families genetic history are reported to only have about a 1 percent risk. And this illness does not affect men or women more seriously, as it affects them equally. Most all the sufferers of bipolar disorder report that they also have at least one member in the family who also has this illness.
For the illness to progress, it generally needs to be agitated by the know contributors, which include the environmental effects of stress, drugs, alcohol, exposure to infections, and over-stimulation. Basically saying that bipolar is usually triggered by these effects, and can be taken control of by not being subject to these kinds of environments. There are also many genetic researches being done on this subject, and some institutions are reporting that they will soon be able to do a Bipolar Disorder screening to determine if you do in fact carry the gene.
This illness usually appears during the teenage years, but has also been know not to appear until some are in their twenties. It has been known for symptoms to appear as young as 5 years old. After being diagnosed, it will be lifelong battle because bipolar has no cure, but there are effective treatment options available.