Q: Can Sexual Abuse Cause Bipolar Disorder?
I was told that my pre-adopt Daughter could not have a genetic predisposition for Bi polar because it's thought that her Bio Mom has it due to early sexual child abuse. Is this true? Leda
Dear Leda --
Sexual abuse can make bipolar worse, but does not cause it (as best we understand that at this point). If her bio-mom clearly has bipolar disorder, as opposed to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or dissociative disorder (also associated with trauma) -- both of which can look a lot like "bipolar" -- ... ahem, so if her bio-mom clearly has BP, then there is a genetic risk.