Dr. Frey will discuss an evidence-based review on the course and management of bipolar disorder in pregnancy and the postpartum period.
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Anja will discuss the treatment of women with bipolar disorder during pregnancy and in the postpartum period, which can be a major challenge. Decisions must be made about whether or not to take psychiatric medication while pregnant and after delivery, weighing the risks for the mother and the (unborn) child.
This is part three of a three part series:
This is part two of a three part series:
Over at PsychCentral, I've been running a series on postpartum depression and having bipolar while pregnant. I think it's important to reach out to mother's who are struggling with the decision of what to do while they are pregnant or if they are considering pregnancy. Many don't know if medication is right for them and they worry about the effects the medication will have on their babies if they do decide to medicate. This is a decision that only you can make and I won't try to persuade anyone either way on the subject.
As far back as I can remember, we have always been fed the same philosophy about life. You grow up, go to college, meet the man (or woman) of your dreams, get married, move into a big house with a white picket fence, and have a whole gaggle of kids. That’s what our parents did….or tried to do, so now it’s our turn. What happens if life doesn’t go that way for you? Have you failed at life? In 2014, shouldn’t we have advanced in our thinking, so that the moment 2 people get married, we don’t instantly say, “So? When are you having kids?” I was lucky enough that my parents never said th
This issue is close to heart. Mental illness/Bipolar vs. pregnancy. To conceive or not conceive? The odds of having a child also with a mental illness? What are the medication risks? Because of so many facts that go into these issues, and I could write for days, I have limited this more to the mental and basic decision-making aspects, and have limited the detail of pharmaceutical aspects.
My baby is almost a year old now and I’m still unstable.
This statement confuses my family and friends because on the outside, I seem like myself again – I shower and wear make-up on a regular basis, my sense of humor is back and I’ve gone back to work. I’m functioning in my usual Type A manner.
On the inside, I feel like I’m walking a highwire.
Some days, I wake up wobbly, but I have my balance pole handy. The elements still effect me – the sun can burn me, the rain can soak me, the cold can still enter my bones – but I manage.