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- Bipolar affective disorder in the postnatal period: investigating the role of sleep
- Bilszta, Justin L. C.; Meyer, Denny; Buist, Anne E.
- Objectives: Psychotic disorders have a high rate of relapse in the postpartum period for reasons that are unclear, but may be related to changes in sleep patterns that occur during pregnancy and after birth. Understanding of the influence of sleep on postpartum psychosis presentation is limited. The aim of the current study was to investigate changes in sleep/wake activity during pregnancy and the postpartum period in women with a history of psychosis. Methods: Women with a history of bipolar disorder and/or postpartum psychosis (HxW) were recruited (n = 23) together with a control population (CtW) (n = 15). Data on demographic and psychosocial factors, mental health status, and sleep/wake activity were collected at seven timepoints-the last week of each trimester of pregnancy and four times during the postpartum (weeks 1, 4, and 8, and at month 6). Longitudinal data were analysed using an HLM version 6 repeated-measures multilevel model. Results: No significant differences were noted in sleep/wake activity between HxW and CtW. None of the HxW who were taking a mood stabilizer during their pregnancy, including at delivery, relapsed during the study. Of those taking an antidepressant or antipsychotic, or no medication, 3 relapsed within the first six months and 2 within the first two months. HxW were more likely to report a poor partner relationship than CtW. Conclusion: Results suggest that during the perinatal period, there is no difference in sleep/wake activity in women with a history of a psychotic disorder. Use of mood stabilizer during pregnancy and at delivery appears important in preventing psychotic relapse in the postpartum.
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- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Life and Social Sciences
- Bipolar Disorders, Vol. 12, no. 5 (2010), pp. 568-578
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- FOR Code(s)
- 1103 Clinical Sciences
- Bipolar disorder; Mood stabilizer; Postpartum psychosis; Pregnancy; Relapse; Sleep
- Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
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- Copyright © 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
- Peer reviewed