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An article in Medical Daily reports on the multitude of risk factors that are thought to contribute to the development of bipolar disorder. In addition to genetics, scientists have found that the brain structure of people with bipolar disorder is different from people without the disorder. People who are already suffering from other mental disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), social phobia, or ADHD may be at an increased risk for developing the disorder. Although substance use may not be a direct cause of bipolar disorder, it is often found to greatly exacerbate symptoms and increase the intensity of emotions. To read this article in its entirety, click here.