Treating Bipolar Disorder After Childbirth


I don’t usually publish two blog posts in one day, and I rarely reblog, but lo & behold, I did both today!  Something must be in the air…

Re: today’s reblog, I read Therese Borchard’s bestselling book “Beyond Blue” soon after its publication when I was very down, and it was of great comfort to me.  I highly recommend it if you want a good book about depression & anxiety that stands apart from the mountain of similar-themed books.

In this reblog Therese addresses postpartum bipolar issues and she remarks that she’s intrigued by them for personal reasons….just like yours truly!  Therese also cites a significant medical study authored by psychiatrist Dr.  Verinder Sharma that I am very familiar with.

I sprinted to the “good”computer downstairs to comment on Therese’s site and I wrote a lengthy comment despite being distracted by two little girls freaking out about Webkinz and our rambunctious puppy having a potty accident (of course it wasn’t #1!) so I hope what I wrote doesn’t scare her and that she publishes it.  Thanks for reading as always, and I’ll be back later in the week. :)


Originally posted on Therese J. Borchard:

depressed-mother-holding-infant-SSPregnant and postpartum women with bipolar disorder more frequently have significant mental health and early mothering challenges than other perinatal women undergoing psychiatric treatment, according to a study in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The findings indicate the importance of properly identifying the disorder and developing specific treatments for women during and after pregnancy, the lead author said.

“Similar to what you find with bipolar disorder in the nonperinatal population, the overall level of clinical severity and functional impairment really stands out as being of concern,” said Cynthia Battle, associate professor (research) of psychiatry and human behavior in the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

“It’s a highly vulnerable time for these women,” said Battle, who is also a psychologist at Butler Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. “They have increased functional demands at this time.”

Pregnancy often disrupts sleep and parenting a newborn can involve getting up several times…

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