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Bipolar disorder


* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Bipolar illness
  • Major affective disorder
  • Manic depression
  • Manic-depressive psychosis
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Is genetic testing available for bipolar disorder?

Studies of thousands of affected individuals have identified a number of "risk genes" (also called susceptibility genes) for bipolar disorder (i.e. genes in which changes appear to increase a person's risk to develop the disorder). However, none of these genes have been shown to have a strong enough effect on a person's risk to warrant clinical genetic testing for affected individuals.[1]

GeneTests lists the names of laboratories that are performing research genetic testing for bipolar disorder. To access the contact information for the research laboratories performing genetic testing, click here. Please note that most of the laboratories listed through GeneTests do not accept direct contact from patients and their families; therefore, if you are interested in learning more, you will need to work with a health care provider or a genetics professional.
Last updated: 11/21/2011

  1. Clement C Zai. Genetics of Bipolar Disorder. eMedicine. June 14, 2011; Accessed 11/21/2011.