Maybe this is purely coincidental, but I'm starting to wonder. We have mental illness in our family -- bipolar, ADHD, MDD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). AND we also have a couple family members (immediate and extended) that have some type of bowel disease (Crohn's and Ulcerative colitis). I know of EIGHT other families who also have Crohn's disease or UC AND bipolar disorder in one or more of their family members. Makes me wonder if the genes for these two diseases are near eachother on the chromosome, and if their expression is triggered by similar factors.