Psychopathology in children of bipolar parents

Division of Bipolar Disorders Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Journal of Affective Disorders (Impact Factor: 3.38). 09/2007; 102(1-3):131-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2007.01.004
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Few studies have examined the psychopathological profiles of child offspring of bipolar parents. Such investigations are useful as a first step to identifying potential prodromal manifestations of bipolar disorder.
The presence of psychopathology in 37 children with at least one parent with bipolar I disorder and 29 demographically matched children with parents free of any DSM-IV Axis I psychopathology was evaluated using the Washington University in St. Louis Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (WASH-U KSADS).
Twenty-nine (78%) of 37 high-risk children were diagnosed with at least one DSM-IV Axis I diagnosis as compared to seven (24%) of 29 children of healthy control parents (Fisher's exact test, p < 0.0001, odds ratio=11, 95% CI=3.33, 33). Sixteen percent (N=6) of high-risk offspring met DSM-IV criteria for bipolar I disorder as compared to none of the healthy control offspring (Fisher's exact test, p < 0.03). High-risk offspring also had statistically significant elevations in rates of other affective and disruptive behavior disorders as well as subsyndromal manifestations of psychopathology.
Children of bipolar parents had an elevated risk for developing bipolar and other psychiatric disorders. The study of children of bipolar parents who are at high risk for developing bipolar disorder themselves is essential to identify potential prodromal manifestations of the disorder and to eventually establish targeted early intervention strategies. Longitudinal studies to confirm the prodromal manifestations of bipolar disorder and risk factors associated with the development of specific diagnoses in children are needed.

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    • "(iv) Two studies did not compare incidence of MDD or BD in FDRs and/or SDRs of probands affected by MDD or BD to population incidence rates or controls (Hillegers et al., 2005; Schreier et al., 2006). (v) Forty-one publications did not report data point estimates of the effect measure, or were reported without p values, CIs or raw data, from which the effect measure could be calculated (Andreasen et al., 1987; Brent et al., 2004; Chang et al., 2000; Dienes et al., 2002; Dierker et al., 1999; Eley et al., 2004; Ferro et al., 2000; Gershon, 1982; Giovanni et al., 2010; Grigoroiu- Serbanescu et al., 1989; Grove et al., 1987; Hillegers et al., 2005; Kaufman et al., 1998; Kendler et al., 1997; Kessler et al., 1998; Lavori et al., 1987; Levinson et al., 2003; Li et al., 2008; Lieb et al., 2002; Marazita et al., 1997; Martinez-Devesa et al., 2007; McGuffin et al., 1988; McMahon et al., 1995; Merikangas et al., 1988; Mitchell et al., 1989; Moberg, 1991; Mojtabai, 2005; Murray et al., 2011; Olino et al., 2008; Orvaschel, 1990; Peterson et al., 1982; Ryan et al., 1992; Singh et al., 2007; Stevenson et al., 2010; Thorndike et al., 1996; Todd et al., 1994; Tozzi et al., 2008; Wals et al., 2003; Wals et al., 2004; Weissman et al., 1984a; Wickramaratne and Weissman, 1998). (vi) Wickramaratne and Weissman (1998) duplicated cases reported in two later studies, respectively (Beardslee et al., 1996; Wickramaratne et al., 2000), which were subsequently excluded because they did not report the outcomes of interest. "
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    • "Affective psychoses have been neglected in the development of early intervention strategies (Conus and McGorry, 2002). Most knowledge on the onset of bipolar affective disorders (BPAD) is derived from studies conducted in populations of bipolar off-spring (Lapalme et al., 1997; DelBello and Geller, 2001; Chang et al., 2000, 2003; Egeland et al., 2000; Shaw et al., 2005; Hillegers et al., 2005; Jones et al., 2006; Duffy et al., 2007; Singh et al., 2007). While genetic factors may play a role in the development of BPAD, a significant proportion of patients do not have any family history of bipolar illness. "
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    • "Similar to the previous Turkish offspring study (Inal-Emiroglu et al. 2008(b)), they found that subsyndromal depressive symptoms were more frequent bipolar offspring group. In terms of parents' attitudes, offspring group has statistically significant lower scores in psychological otonomy subscale points in PSS (Akdemir et al.2007). It was suggested that the children of parents with BD can be called as a high risk group in which early diagnosis and intervention are very important. "
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