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Causes of Bipolar Disorder

While the exact cause of bipolar disorder (manic depression) has yet to be determined, there is a great deal of scientific evidence that indicates a chemical imbalance in the brain. As for what causes this imbalance, there are a number of viable theories, which center on a combination of heredity and environmental triggers. Presented here is information relevant to these theories.
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  2. Heredity (10)

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder - also known as manic depression or manic-depressive illness - is a serious illness that can be devastating if not controlled. This article presents what researchers now consider to be the most likely causes of bipolar disorder.

Mitochondria Studied as a Cause for Bipolar Disorder
Mitochondria are organelles - the organ-like components of cells - that through the conversion of glucose provide energy to the rest of the cell. In the last few years, some research studies have focused on these little cellular powerhouses as a potential cause of bipolar disorder.

Steroids Can Trigger Manic or Hypomanic Episodes
Jane Pauley's revelation that taking steroids for hives triggered previously unsuspected bipolar disorder focused public attention on the relationship between steroids and psychiatric disturbances. Here is additional information on the subject.

Bipolar Disorders Center
This is an excerpt taken from "Bipolar Disorders: A Guide to Helping Children and Adolescents" written by Mitzi Walsh. It is a lengthy and detailed presentation of what causes bipolar disorder.

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