Bipolar Disorder Causes

(Also Known As: Mood Disorder Causes, Manic Bipolar Disorder Causes, Bipolar Mood Disorder Causes, Bipolar Affective Disorder Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, but scientists believe that this type of mental condition is a combination of different factors. They have learned that there is no main cause of bipolar disorder but rather, there are many factors that contribute to result of this illness. 2

  • Genes. Based on studies, it is believed that one of the common reasons why a person has bipolar disorder is when there is a history of the illness in his or her biological member of the family. There are also some studies that the bipolar disorder and schizophrenia share a genetic cause.
  • Biochemical. It can be said that the cause of bipolar disorder is due to some imbalance or physical changes in one’s brain. It can be said that imbalances in the brain chemicals, which are called neurotransmitters, causes mood swings. Also, hormonal imbalances can also be the cause of this condition.
  • Environment. Environmental factors can also cause bipolar disorder, especially to teens with a stressful history in the past or in household; such as a death within the members of the family or divorce of their parents. These painful happenings could set in motion for them the experience of mania or depression. However, there are instances that the symptoms can happen within the girl’s monthly menstrual cycle.

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