A family history of illness burden in prior generations was previously related to an earlier age of onset of bipolar illness in adult patients with bipolar disorder (BD) and is now also found to be related to the incidence of multiple psychiatric illnesses in their offspring. This according to a recent study that explored the potential multigenerational conveyance across several disorders of the vulnerability to illness in the offspring of a patient with BD. A total of 968 outpatients (average age 41 years) with bipolar illness filled out a detailed questionnaire about a family history in their parents, grandparents, and offspring of depression, BD, alcohol abuse, substance abuse, suicide attempt, or “other” illness. Researchers found:
- The type of illness seen in both prior generations was associated with the same type of illness in the offspring of a bipolar patient, including depression, BD, alcohol and substance abuse, and “other” illness, but not suicide attempts.
- There was an impact of multiple generations, such that depression in grandparents and/or great‐grandparents increased the risk of depression in the offspring from 12.6% to 41.4%.
Post RM, Altshuler LL, Kupka, et al. Multigenerational transmission of liability to psychiatric illness in offspring of parents with bipolar disorder. [Published online ahead of print June 21, 2018]. Bipolar Disord. doi:10.1111/bdi.12668.
This Week's Must Reads
Women’s Sexual Initiation in Relationships Explored, J Sex Res; ePub 2018 Jul 24; Gonzalez-Rivas, et al
Profiles of Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder, Addiction; ePub 2018 Jul 31; Witkiewitz, et al
Sleep Disorders, Mental Health in Healthcare Workers, J Sleep Res; ePub 2018 Aug 1; Weaver, Vetter, et al
FDA Approves Perseris for Schizophrenia, FDA news release; 2018 Jul 27
Childhood Burden of Sudden Parental Death, Am J Psych; ePub 2018 Jun 20; Pham, Porta, et al
Must Reads in Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Illness and Multigenerational Transmission, Bipolar Disord; ePub 2018 Jun 21; Post, Altshuler, et al
The Significance of Psychosis in BD, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disord; ePub 2018 May 18; Bowie, et al
Social Cognition Status Effect on Bipolar Disorder, J Affect Disord; ePub 2018 Mar 29; Ospina, et al
Lifetime Anxiety History in the Course of BSDs, Psychiatry Res; ePub 2018 Apr 2; Titone, et al
Serious Mental Illness Linked with Violent Behavior, J Interpers Violence; ePub 2018 Mar 13; Roche, et al