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Primacy of (hypo) mania in the postpartum period: a concept worth considering

Sharma, Verinder, Viguera, Adele C, Di Florio, Arianna, Mazmanian, Dwight, Koukopoulos, Alexia, Sani, Gabriele, Palagini, Laura and Özerdem, Aysegül 2020. Primacy of (hypo) mania in the postpartum period: a concept worth considering. Bipolar Disorders 22 (6) , pp. 553-555. 10.1111/bdi.12988
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The traditional system of classifying postpartum psychiatric disorders into maternity blues, postpartum depression, and puerperal psychosis overlooks the clinical significance of hypomanic, manic, or mixed symptoms in the postpartum period. Although common after childbirth, episodes of hypomania or non‐psychotic mania, as well as mixed states, are generally not included in the traditional nomenclature. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) first acknowledged the role of childbirth in the triggering of manic episodes 25 years ago with the publication of its fourth edition. The official recognition that episodes of hypomania can occur during or after pregnancy came in 2013 with the publication of DSM‐5. Unfortunately, this endorsement by the DSM has not resulted in increased awareness of the common occurrence of hypomania or mania during the postpartum period.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1398-5647
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 September 2020
Date of Acceptance: 12 August 2020
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2020 13:58

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