Postpartum bipolar depression: a case study
NLM Title Abbreviation
Perspect Psychiatr Care
Perspectives in psychiatric care
DOI of Published Version
PURPOSE: This case study of a 29-year-old married woman with postpartum bipolar depression demonstrates the importance of an accurate differential diagnosis when evaluating a patient presenting with symptoms of postpartum depression. CONCLUSION: Although many of the signs and symptoms of unipolar depression and bipolar depression are identical, there are some important differences. Careful evaluation of symptoms and a thorough psychiatric history leads to accurate diagnosis and successful treatment outcomes. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: All women presenting with postpartum depression should be screened for bipolar disorder as the treatment of bipolar depression differs substantially from unipolar depression.
Adult, Bipolar Disorder/complications/drug therapy/psychology, Depression, Postpartum/complications/drug therapy/psychology, Diagnosis, Differential, Drug Therapy/methods, Female, Humans, Risk Factors
Published Article/Book Citation
Perspectives in psychiatric care, 44:4 (2008) pp.267-274. DOI:10.1111/j.1744-6163.2008.00186.x.