Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 75–78

Is the perimenopause a time of increased risk of recurrence in women with a history of bipolar affective postpartum psychosis? A case series

Authors

  • E. Robertson Blackmore
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
  • N. Craddock
    • Department of Psychological MedicineCardiff University
  • J. Walters
    • Department of Psychological MedicineCardiff University
    • Department of Psychological MedicineCardiff University
Short communication

DOI: 10.1007/s00737-008-0215-2

Cite this article as:
Robertson Blackmore, E., Craddock, N., Walters, J. et al. Arch Womens Ment Health (2008) 11: 75. doi:10.1007/s00737-008-0215-2

Summary

There is increasing awareness of the influence of female reproductive life events on the course of bipolar disorder. Here, we describe the case histories of 5 women diagnosed with postpartum psychosis who subsequently experienced major mood disorders in relation to the perimenopause. This case series suggests that (a) the perimenopause may be a time of increased risk for women who experienced postpartum bipolar episodes and (b) periods of hormonal change represent a major trigger for bipolar episodes in some women.

Keywords: Bipolar disorder; menopause; relapse; postpartum psychosis; perimenopause

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