Is puerperal psychosis the same as bipolar manic-depressive disorder? A family study.

@article{Dean1989IsPP,
  title={Is puerperal psychosis the same as bipolar manic-depressive disorder? A family study.},
  author={Charles A. Dean and Riley J. Williams and Ian Frazer Brockington},
  journal={Psychological medicine},
  year={1989},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={637-47}
}
The first degree relatives of three groups of women were interviewed; 51 women who had had an illness within two weeks of childbirth and no non-puerperal episodes (the puerperal group), 33 who had puerperal and non-puerperal episodes (the mixed group), and 19 women with bipolar manic-depressive disorder who had non-puerperal episodes only (the manic-depressive group). Over 60% of the affected relatives in all three groups had affective illnesses; in the main these were not puerperal. There were… CONTINUE READING

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