Most women will evenually have a feeling that they may want to have a child, however, bipolar patients often wonder that if they have a child, they will pass on their illness to their child. The sufferers of this illness know it's lifetime effects, and deperatly do not want to pass it to a child. Many studies have proven that it is a fact that bipolar is normally genetic, and has a chance of being passed to children with bipolar patients. It does not nessacarily mean that if you are bipolar, that you will pass the genes to a child.
Depending on the amount of family members aside from yourself that have a bipolar diagnosis, your chances of passing it on may be increased. If there is no history whatsoever in the families genetics, the chances of having a bipolar child is less that one percent. If you, a mother or father, have bipolar, the chances that your child will have the illness is appoximatly ten percent. Reports show that about one fourth of bipolar suffers have thier first symptoms occur before the age of twenty years old. It has also been studies and reports have stated that some will show symptoms at only five years of age. Research is always being done on bipolar disorder. Some institutions report that before long, they will have the capabilities to do a screen that will determine if the gene is present in your DNA, even if you show no symptoms. If you persue having a child, and the child in fact inherits bipolar, helpoing that child keep their surroundings calm and nurturing the child can help to lessen the severity og the child's bipolar episodes. Bipolar Disorder generally needs to be agitated for it to massivly progress. Being around violence or living in a stressful home can trigger severe moods, and increase the severity of the disorder for children.
The most important step to take if you believe your child may be bipolar is to keep in regular contact with their docter, as soon as sypmtoms are noticed.