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Older fathers

Bipolar risk rises with father’s age | The Australian

Compared with the offspring of fathers aged 20 to 24, people whose fathers were aged 55 or over at the time of their birth are 37 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

This is a significant find but the exact meaning of it needs to be established. The age may be irrelevant if it relates to the type of father an older person is. It may also relate to genetic factors. It is well worth exploring because bi polar people can be extra ordinarily talented and can give a lot to us as a society. The age factor for men may have bearing on this disorder but it needs to be clear whether the age is the contributing factor or their lifestyle and their way of connecting with children. I cannot believe what researchers turn up. It really gives us some good insight into how we create different illnesses. In that sense we can deal with them and create management plans.



Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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