A Family History of Bipolar Disorder


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My mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her 40s. I guess back then, it wasn’t something that was identified very often. We knew that something wasn’t right, though, and her moods were so unpredictable. When I was 8 years old, she attempted suicide. Fortunately, she was unsuccessful. I just wish she had been diagnosed earlier and put on medication. Thanks to what we now know, it was easier to recognize that I’m also bipolar. I was diagnosed in my teens. My teacher was the first to notice the signs and talked to my mother about it. Since my mother was recently diagnosed herself, she was able to start the process of getting me help and on medication. If you think you may be bipolar, look to your family to see if anyone else may have it, since there is a hereditary aspect of it.

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