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Bipolar disorder during pregnancy: Lessons learned

Careful management of bipolar disorder during pregnancy is critical because for so many patients with this illness, the road to emotional well-being has been a long one, requiring a combination of careful pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies.Half of referrals to our Center for Women’s Mental Health – where we evaluate and treat women before, during, and… Read More »

Global study identifies genetic risk factors linked to bipolar disorder

A global team of researchers have identified 30 areas of the human genome where variations in genetic code can increase the risk of developing bipolar disorder. The study, conducted by the Bipolar Disorder Workgroup of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, compared genetic variations in over 29,000 people with bipolar disorder, including more than 4,000 from the Bipolar… Read More »

Dr. Marlene Freeman: MDedge Masterclass on Treating Bipolar Disorder in Women

[unable to retrieve full-text content] In this podcast, Dr. Freeman discusses some of the challenges in treating with bipolar disorder during pregnancy and shares preliminary data on the impact of exposure to atypical antipsychotics from the National Pregnancy Registry for Psychiatric Medications at Massachusetts General Hospital. Masterclass: Marlene Freeman on Treating Bipolar Disorder in Women… Read More »

What to know about bipolar disorder and sex

Bipolar disorder causes a person to experience intense shifts in moods, sometimes from a manic state to a depressed state, for example. These shifts can occur with changes in sexual desire, confidence, or sexual function. Though the symptoms vary from person to person, bipolar disorder can disrupt several aspects of a person’s life, including their… Read More »

Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Bipolar Disorder

In treating pregnant women with mood or anxiety disorders, we tend to focus primarily on the reproductive safety of psychotropic medications; however, it must be recognized that withholding or withdrawing pharmacologic treatment for depression or anxiety during pregnancy may carry some degree of risk. Untreated psychiatric illness in the mother cannot be considered a benign… Read More »