Bipolar.do you think its genetic?

My husband was diagnosed with bipolar when he was 21. He has it treated with medicine now. He isnt one to go into a rage and hurt people, he had more of the mental issues of it. His mother is bipolar and does NOT take medications. She denies the fact that she was diagnosed with it. His sisters are just as crazy as my mother in law and they deny it also. I am starting to think my children may end up having this disease. I am very afraid to take them to a counselor because I dont know how to come out and say hey i think she/he is bipolar. I also dont want them dosing them up on medications if they dont really know whats going on. I really think it is in genetics though. My mother in law says no..but she is bipolar!

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Alyssa MartinezNew Port Richey, Florida
    09/16/14
    Melissa Middleton
    My father was/is bipolar and schizo and so is my little sister. The rest of us five girls never showed signs of it (but maybe an older sister).
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      09/16/14
      4Katie
      I have been told that bipolar and other mental illness's can be genetic. I recommend becoming familiar the all the signs and symptoms of bipolar. Educated yourself on the warning signs. Keep an eye on your kids and alert the doctor if you see any warning signs so they can be evaluated. They have a higher chance at becoming bipolar but they aren't guaranteed to get it. Generally it shows up during the teen years or later. Medication is only need if symptoms are present.
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        09/17/14
        Alyssa Martinez
        I read an article last night about a women who married a man with bipolar. She said sometimes different things would trigger it. I am realizing with my husband..different people trigger his. weird
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          09/17/14
          4Katie
          I have a relative who is bipolar and he just recently had a manic episode and we had to take him to the ER and it was pretty scary. He went 7 years in between episodes and was completely normal not even on medication. I think it is more of television that makes us think a bipolar person will be different and be up and down each day with their mood. From what I read and what the doctor said you can go weeks, months or even years with no ups and downs and no issues. He is now on medication and will be for the rest of his life. His episode was triggered by the death of a relative and it slowly started as slight mood changes until it was a full out crazy episode.
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            09/17/14
            Alyssa Martinez
            My husband has had mood swings since he was 16 years old. His mother was in denial that he had any issues. His behaviour at school and home should have showed her there was a problem. When we got married it got worse, he was get very depressed and hateful. He would say the meanest things and then the next day be happy and loving. I immediatly took control and got him help. He takes medicine twice a day and is fine. But he does have episodes like this weekend when my family was around and he is just in a depressive mood and has said some hurtful things. An hour after they left its like it was Dr Jackyl Mr Hyde. He was okay again. We are going into his doctor tomorrow because this hasnt happened in a while to make sure everything is ok.
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            Current: New Port Richey, Florida
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