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What causes bipolar disorder?

It is not known exactly what causes bipolar disorder. As with other conditions that affect mood, such as depression, it is thought that people with bipolar disorder have an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain that affect mood. There is a genetic link to bipolar disorder, meaning that you have an increased risk of developing the condition if you have a close family member who has been diagnosed with it.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 25 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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