Approach to treatment of bipolar disorder in special populations: pregnancy and the postpartum period


JOURNAL OF MOOD DISORDERS, vol.3, 2013 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 3
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF MOOD DISORDERS
  • Keywords: postpartum period, pregnancy, bipolar disorder, psychotropic medications


The effects of pharmacological treatment on obstetrical outcome are not well known and some of these agents are considered teratogenic. Thus, the decision to treat pregnant patients with psychotropic agents requires solving an ethical dilemma. Risk-benefit decisions should be made while considering both the risk of relapse of bipolar disorder and its morbidity, and the risk of fetal exposure to psychotropic medications. Moreover, the risk of recurrence