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Expert Commentary on Bipolar Disorder and Older Fathers: Harold Pincus

August 31, 2008

Children born to older fathers face a greater chance of developing bipolar disorder, according to one of the largest studies linking mental illness with advanced paternal age. The study, released Monday, appears in September's Archives of General Psychiatry. While the findings don't explain what might cause some older men to have bipolar children, it "reinforces the notion that there's a strong biological component to this," said Dr. Harold Pincus, vice chair of psychiatry at Columbia University.

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