How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Norman M. Your Own Question
Norman M.
Norman M., Principal psychotherapist in private practice. Newspaper contributor, over 2000 satisfied clients on JA
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 2568
Experience:  ADHP(NC), DEHP(NC), ECP, UKCP Registered.
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Norman M. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have Bipolar I disorder with over 12 hospitilzation for

Customer Question

I have Bipolar I disorder with over 12 hospitilzation for mania and depression. I am on a variety of meds including a Lithium level of 1.3. My husband has Bipolar II. We want to have a baby. Is there a high chance that our child will be Bipolar?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Norman M. replied 7 years ago.
Hello and thanks for visiting JA.

Of all the psychiatric illnesses, Bipolar disorder has the highest potential for genetic inheritance. The chance of a baby from a bipolar couple inheriting bipolar disorder is about 9 times greater than in the general popoulation - 9% against 1% - but looking at it another way, that's a very small chance indeed.

Statistically thre are very good odds are that your child would not have bipolar disorder.