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What is the relationship between bipolar disorder and trauma?

I’ve heard before that traumatic experiences can activate latent bipolar that might otherwise stay a dormant genetic predisposition. Is that true?

I’ve been diagnosed as bipolar for almost a decade, but recently received a diagnosis of (C)PTSD. Are those mutually exclusive? Could my PTSD be mistaken for bipolar? Or did I just get lucky enough to have both?