Postpartum mental illness raises risk of later bipolar disorder

12/5/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Women who reported having symptoms of postpartum depression were more than three times as likely to be diagnosed later with bipolar disorder compared with those whose first experience of mental illness did not occur within two weeks of childbirth, Danish researchers reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Results suggest psychological problems starting just after childbirth might be an indication of underlying bipolar disorder, experts said.

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