Studies show that more than 10 million Americans have bipolar disorder, impacting men and women equally across all races and socioeconomic classes. Bipolar disorder can present at any time, but the average age of onset is around 25. Individuals who have bipolar disorder will cycle through periods of mania and depression that can significantly impact their daily functioning. Although it is a lifelong condition, treatment for bipolar disorder can allow individuals to manage their mood swings and other symptoms very effectively.
Although the exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, it has been scientifically proven that there is a genetic component, meaning that bipolar disorder can run in families. At Rose Hill Center, we understand that for most patients who ask, “Is bipolar disorder genetic?” the answer is yes. If you or someone you love needs bipolar disorder treatment, reach out to Rose Hill Center today by calling 866.367.0220. The sooner mental health treatment begins, the sooner relief will follow.
Understanding the Genetic Links of Bipolar Disorder
Inherited traits are genetic traits that are passed directly from parents to children. Genetics and the environment influence heritable traits. Experts consider bipolar disorder to be the most common heritable mental health disorder. Studies show that individuals with bipolar disorder often have at least one close relative who has depression or bipolar. However, just because a close relative has bipolar disorder, you will not necessarily have it, too.
Identical twin studies have taught us that genetics is not the only factor determining the risk for bipolar disorder. Since identical twins share the exact genetic make-up, if bipolar were purely genetic, all identical twins would both have bipolar. However, these studies have shown that if one identical twin has bipolar, there is only a 40 to 70 percent chance that the other will also.
Current evidence points in the direction that there is not a single gene responsible for bipolar disorder. Instead, several genes that each play a small role and act in conjunction with environmental factors to lead to the development of bipolar disorder.
Environmental factors that may trigger bipolar disorder in a susceptible person include, but are not limited to:
- Physical and emotional abuse or neglect
- A traumatic event or significant loss
- Heavy alcohol or drug use
- Extreme or prolonged stress
- Seasonal changes
- Concussion or another traumatic brain injury
While there are genetic links to bipolar disorder, genetics are not the sole cause. To find out more about bipolar disorder treatment, contact Rose Hill Center at 866.367.0220 to speak with our team members.
Bipolar Disorder Treatment
To properly treat bipolar disorder, a person must first receive an accurate diagnosis. Often, people with bipolar will only reach out for help when experiencing a depressive episode, incorrectly assuming that they are “better” when they have a manic episode. These mood swings and other factors like a co-occurring substance use disorder often lead to an improper diagnosis. The intake and assessment team at Rose Hill Center has experience in recognizing bipolar disorder. Psychiatric treatment will begin with a thorough intake and assessment that involves both physical and psychological evaluations.
We know that people with bipolar disorder can exhibit an array of common symptoms. However, the effects of bipolar are unique to each individual. Therefore, we believe that we must tailor treatment to meet each individual’s needs. Some common approaches to bipolar disorder and depression treatment at Rose Hill Center include:
- Education about how to manage symptoms and prevent complications
- Psychotherapy to determine the underlying causes, enhance coping skills, and repair damaged relationships
- Group therapy to help establish a strong support network
- Medication education and management
- Lifestyle management skills to minimize symptoms
To learn what treatment is right for your needs, we recommend you call Rose Hill Center today.
Find Treatment at Rose Hill Center
Set on a beautiful 400-acre rural campus in Holly, Michigan, Rose Hill Center provides treatment to young adults with a wide array of mental health disorders. Our experienced and compassionate staff has training in anger management and numerous evidence-based therapies. If you or a loved one needs treatment for bipolar disorder or another mental illness, reach out to the Rose Hill Center team by calling 866.367.0220 to learn more about how we can help.