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New depression screening guidelines benefit pregnant women and new moms–and everyone
- By: Hope Ricciotti, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch
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As a perinatal mental health advocate, I encourage women and health professionals to educate themselves about all the perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS). Apart from postpartum depression there are seven other PMADS listed on Postpartum Progress’ site:
I was diagnosed with the PMAD of bipolar, peripartum onset (postpartum bipolar), a.k.a. childbirth-triggered bipolar.
For information I suggest checking out Postpartum Support International:
Postpartum psychosis can be accompanied by bipolar, peripartum onset, but not always. At age thirty-seven I had my second baby. I walked into the maternity ward in labor with no previous diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Within 24 hours of my daughter’s birth I was hypomanic and hypergraphic (compulsive writing); no one recognized I was in trouble until six weeks later when I was acutely manic.
It was then when I voluntarily admitted myself for hospitalization and received an official diagnosis of bipolar, peripartum onset with no psychotic features. To read more of my story please visit this HuffPost Women profile:
Dyane Leshin-Harwood, B.A.
Member, Postpartum Support International, International Society of Bipolar Disorders
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