• Essential Reads: Lithium and Breastfeeding

    Because women with bipolar disorder are at high risk for relapse during the postpartum period, we typically recommend that women continue treatment with lithium throughout the postpartum period.  While this intervention clearly decreases risk for postpartum psychiatric illness, the use of lithium while breastfeeding presents certain challenges.  

    Using the WHIPLASHED Mnemonic to Distinguish Unipolar from Bipolar Depression

    Women with bipolar disorder (BD) are at extremely high risk for postpartum psychiatric illness, including postpartum psychosis.  While the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology now recommends that all women be screened for depression [...]

    PCOS Carries Increased Risk for Bipolar Disorder, Risk Reduced with Metformin

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine-related dysfunction in women of reproductive age.  Multiple studies have observed a higher prevalence of psychiatric illness, including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder in [...]

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