A risk factor is something that raises your chances of getting a health problem.

You can get bipolar disorder with or without the risk factors listed below. But the more you have, the greater your chances of getting it. If you have many risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to lower your risk.

This health problem can run in families. It is likely genetic. It is not caused by one specific gene. It is caused by many genes that act together.

Having other mental health problems, such as depression, can also raise your risk.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2018 -