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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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URIBE VILLA, Esteban; GUTIERREZ BRICENO, Paola; PALACIO, Juan David  e  GARCIA, Jenny. Psychopathological Profiles of Offspring of Subjects with Bipolar Disorder. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2012, vol.41, n.1, pp.15-25. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: Bipolar Disorder (BD) has a high heritability and is more prevalent in first -degree relatives with family history. This makes the bipolar offspring (BO) an ideal study group to evaluate the natural history and the prodromal symptoms of this disorder. The main psycho-pathological findings for this group in various studies are described in this review. Methods: Articles comparing the psychopathology of bipolar offspring to either the offspring of other psychiatric patients or the offspring of healthy controls were reviewed. Results: The reviewed studies showed that the BO group had higher rates of affective disorders when compared to the offspring of other psychiatric patients or the offspring of healthy controls. The high prevalence of anxiety disorders, ADHD, and disruptive behavior disorders in this population suggest that such disorders could be considered prodromes of mood disorders. Conclusions: The group of BO had a significantly higher risk of developing a wide range of psychiatric disorders besides BD. More longitudinal studies are needed to characterize this population at risk for BD and to elucidate the risk factors in the progression of this disorder.

Palavras-chave : Bipolar disorder; psychopathology; temperament.

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