The Link Between Puerperal Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder

This Research paper examines sixteen articles written between 1987 and 2009 about puerperal psychosis and bipolar disorder. The articles are reviewed regarding the terminology used to define and diagnose puerperal psychosis, and the assessments used to study it and link it to bipolar disorder. The articles reflect the fact that various forms of puerperal psychoses have long been a subject of study, but lack of consistent terminology and assessment tools have made both definitive diagnoses and treatments difficult to evaluate. Several of the articles support the need for standardized diagnostic and assessment tools in order to provide effective treatment for women experiencing postpartum psychiatric issues.

Susan Pepper-Reed
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