A large, nationally representative survey of the United States general population estimated that among postpartum women, the 12-month prevalence of bipolar disorder was 2.9 percent . Many postpartum bipolar patients require treatment to prevent or remedy acute mood episodes [2,3].
This topic reviews maintenance and acute treatment for postpartum bipolar mood episodes. The epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestation, assessment, and diagnosis of postpartum bipolar disorder is discussed separately, as is the general treatment of bipolar disorder, treatment of postpartum unipolar major depression, and an overview of postpartum care:
●(See "Bipolar disorder in postpartum women: Epidemiology, clinical features, assessment, and diagnosis".)
●(See "Bipolar disorder in adults: Pharmacotherapy for acute mania and hypomania".)
●(See "Bipolar disorder in adults: Pharmacotherapy for acute depression".)