Stress-Induced Bipolar Disorder Linked to Genetic Abnormality

People with certain genetic profiles may have an increased risk of developing bipolar disorder after experiencing stressful life events such as death of a loved one, divorce, or job loss, according to new research.

“It seems to be that your genetic makeup in the presence of stress may increase your susceptibility for developing bipolar disorder,” lead author Georgina Hosang, PhD, from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and Middlesex University, in London, United Kingdom, told Medscape Medical News.

“If this finding is replicated, perhaps we can identify individuals who are more sensitive to their environment and target them in terms of equipping them with skills to better manage stress,” Dr. Hosang said here at the 10th International Conference on Bipolar Disorders (ICBD).

by Fran Lowry, Medscape

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