Bipolar I, Postpartum Onset

Psychiatric study of bipolar disorder related to post-birth experience. Cause, theories, symptoms, treatment.

Bipolar I Disorder, is a description of a clinical course which is characterized by the occurrence of one or more manic episode or mixed episodes; often one or more major depressive episode is also found. The disorder is subclassified in the fourth digit of the diagnostic code according to whether the individual is experiencing a first episode or whether it is recurrent; recurrence is indicated by a shift in the polarity of the episode or an interval between episodes of at least two months without manic symptoms. A shift in polarity is defined as a clinical course where a major depressive episode evolves into a manic episode or mixed episode, or where a manic episode or a mixed episode evolves into a major depressive episode.