Family factors that increase a risk for bipolar disorder
- Heredity – scientists report that if one identical twin has bipolar disorder, the other twin has about 40% to 70% chance of developing bipolar disorder. The lifetime risk in first-degree relatives is 5–10%; around seven times higher than the general population risk.
- Family stressors – childhood maltreatment, substance misuse, living with a parent who has a tendency toward mood swings, alcohol or substance abuse, financial and sexual indiscretions, and hospitalizations.
Family caregivers may:
- help in managing the day-to-day tasks
- help the peon concerned to find the treatment
in order to try to decrease the symptoms and suffering of the loved ones