Are postpartum psychiatric illnesses diagnostically distinct?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Postpartum psychiatric illness was initially conceptualized as a group of disorders specifically linked to pregnancy and childbirth and thus was considered diagnostically distinct from other types of psychiatric illness. However, evidence within the past decade suggests that postpartum psychiatric illness is virtually indistinguishable from psychiatric disorders that occur at other times during a woman's life. [80, 81, 82] However, the likelihood of a bipolar outcome is substantially higher in postpartum psychosis.


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