Current Research: Bipolar disorder, pregnancy and childbirth

pregnant-ladyBDRN is the largest network of individuals with bipolar disorder in the world. 6000 individuals in the UK with bipolar disorder have now taken part in our studies and continue to help us with our ongoing research through the network.

We are currently focussing our recruitment on women with bipolar disorder who are pregnant and/or have ever experienced an episode of postpartum psychosis or any other mood episode following childbirth that required hospital or home treatment.

If you have bipolar disorder and are pregnant

If you have bipolar disorder and are pregnant, we would be delighted to hear from you.

In this research we hope to find out more about the factors that make some women with bipolar disorder more or less likely to experience episodes of illness in relation to childbirth.
The study will involve an interview in your own home during your pregnancy, during which we will ask if you would be willing to provide a small blood sample, and a telephone interview 3 months after childbirth asking about any symptoms you have experienced in relationship to pregnancy and childbirth.

We hope this study will lead to better prediction and treatments for these episodes. If you would like further information or would like to take part, please contact us using the form below or telephone Katherine Gordon-Smith 0121 301 2361.

If you have bipolar disorder and have ever experienced an episode of postpartum psychosis or any other mood episode following childbirth that required hospital or home treatment

If you have bipolar disorder and have ever experienced an episode of postpartum psychosis or any other mood episode following childbirth that required hospital or home treatment we would be delighted to hear from you. This research aims to look at how genes and other factors (such as stressful life events) interact and make some people more likely than others to experience mood disorders and episodes of illness following childbirth.

Taking part will involve an interview in your own home asking you about your experience of having bipolar disorder and the episodes of illness you have had in relation to childbirth, giving a small blood sample and completing some questionnaires.

If you would like further information or would like to take part, please contact us using the contact form below or telephone Katherine Gordon-Smith 0121 301 2361.


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