, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 233-248
Date: 03 Mar 2010

Screening for bipolar disorder during pregnancy and the postpartum period

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Bipolar disorder is a significant mental health problem among perinatal women; however, little attention has been devoted to methods of screening for bipolar disorder during this phase of women’s life cycle. There is a need for reliable and valid screening instruments for perinatal women. This paper presents a review of 11 self-report measures used to screen bipolar disorder in the general population and discusses their applicability to screening among perinatal women. Published psychometric data, including reliability, sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value of each self-report instrument, is presented and critiqued. We make recommendations for screening in clinical practice and highlights priorities for future research. The need for more research in this area is emphasized.