Family Studies

Most studies of bipolar disorder show that this illness tends to be familial, with significantly higher risk in relatives of bipolar probands compared to the general population. Kallmann reported that the lifetime risk for parents of bipolar probands was 23.4% and that for siblings was 22.7%, whereas for second-degree relatives the rates range from 1 to 4%. Winokur found that in sibs of bipolar patients, the lifetime risk for any mood disorder was 35%, whereas in their parents the risk was 34%.

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Understanding And Treating Bipolar Disorders

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