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    6 06, 2012

    Postpartum Psychosis Can be Prevented in Women at High Risk

    By |2020-11-26T08:40:19-04:00June 6th, 2012|Bipolar Disorder, Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders, Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders, Postpartum Psychosis, Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy|

    It is well-established that women with a history of bipolar disorder or postpartum psychosis are at extremely high risk of postpartum psychiatric illness. Several studies have indicated that lithium prophylaxis can dramatically reduce the risk of postpartum relapse; however, the studies have varied in terms of the timing of prophylaxis, with some initiating treatment during pregnancy and others initiating treatment immediately after delivery.  A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry gives more information on the clinical management of these high risk populations.

    11 07, 2013

    ECT for Postpartum Psychosis

    By |2015-08-06T09:26:29-04:00July 11th, 2013|Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders|

    Postpartum psychosis is a rare but serious psychiatric illness, occurring in about 1 to 2 per 1000 women after delivery.  Because postpartum psychosis carries significant risks for both the mother and her child, most women with this illness are psychiatrically hospitalized. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an effective treatment for postpartum psychosis and may reduce the risks associated with medication exposure in the nursing infant; however, very few research studies have focused on the use of ECT in this setting and it is less commonly used in the United States than in other countries.  A recent study explores the safety and advantages of ECT for the treatment of women hospitalized for postpartum psychosis.

    8 11, 2011

    Autoimmune Thyroid Disease More Prevalent in Women with Postpartum Psychosis

    By |2015-07-28T14:47:47-04:00November 8th, 2011|Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders|

    Postpartum psychosis is the most severe form of postpartum psychiatric illness, occurring in approximately 1 to 2 per 1000 women after childbirth. Although bipolar disorder is a risk factor for postpartum psychosis, a substantial number of women who develop postpartum psychosis have no history of psychiatric illness and experience psychiatric illness only in the context of childbearing.  What may cause or trigger postpartum psychosis in this population is not well understood.

    3 08, 2009

    Can We Identify Women at High Risk for Postpartum Psychosis?

    By |2015-08-12T14:55:02-04:00August 3rd, 2009|Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders|

    Postpartum psychosis is rare, occurring in about 1 to 2 per 1000 women after delivery.  While there appears to be a strong link between postpartum psychosis and bipolar disorder, it is estimated that about half of women who present with postpartum psychosis have no psychiatric history prior to delivery, making it difficult to identify those women who are at greatest risk for this illness.   A recent study, using data from the Swedish Medical Birth Registry, has examined possible risk factors that may be used to identify women at risk for postpartum psychosis.

    11 08, 2008

    New England Journal of Medicine Case Report: Postpartum Psychosis in a Woman with Bipolar Disorder

    By |2016-03-28T13:23:59-04:00August 11th, 2008|New Research, Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders|

    The most recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes the presentation of a case from the Center for Women's Mental Health of a woman with bipolar disorder who developed postpartum psychosis after the birth of her child. The case highlights some of the clinical challenges in treating patients with bipolar disorder during pregnancy and the postpartum period and reviews the current literature on postpartum psychosis.

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