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can children have bi polar if one parent does and the other

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can children have bi polar if one parent does and the other has had anxiety disorder?
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Children can develop Bipolar disorder. However, studies about how children get Bipolar and at what age they can be diagnosed are still being studied. It is thought at this point that children as young as age 7 may show early signs of Bipolar, early on set.

Children with both parents having a Bipolar diagnosis may have a 14 fold increased chance of having Bipolar in their lifetimes and a two fold chance of developing a mood disorder. Children with only one parent with Bipolar had a lesser chance of developing the disorder, although the chances of having a mood disorder in general stayed the same.

Although this does not guarantee that your child(ren) will have Bipolar or even anxiety, it is wise to pay attention (as you are doing already) to any symptoms they may show early on so you can have them evaluated and treated. Children who are treated early have a better chance at succeeding at school and socially if they have their symptoms under control.

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