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Young and pregnant women are being warned not to take the epilepsy drug valproate—marketed as Epilim, Depakine, Depakote and Stavzor—because it's likely to cause birth defects in the newborn. 'Serious malformations' have been reported in up to 4,100 children born in France alone.
People suffering from bipolar disorder which causes manic episodes, including extreme highs and lows have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, and this could be causing the problem.
People suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are told there is no cure as the condition is inherited - but exciting news this week suggests that one third of all cases are caused by the environment, not genes, and so could be reversed
The age of your father when you were born may be a factor in determining whether you will suffer from bipolar disorder, or severe mood swings