Daily Archives: February 11, 2013

Expectant Mothers Tested for Bipolar Disorder

This morning I came across an article about the folks over at St. Joe’s Women’s Health Concern Clinic using a questionnaire to assess the risk of bipolar disorder in expectant women.

The free questionnaire (The Mood Disorder Questionnaire) is helping employees detect bipolar disorder in pregnant women, in an attempt to help the clinic provide better care for women who may have postpartum depression or psychosis.

Supposedly the test proves a negative (for bipolar disorder) with 98 percent accuracy and a positive with 80 percent accuracy.

So, why is this important?

Apparently one in four women with bipolar disorder have a relapse in symptoms during or after pregnancy. And, when those symptoms can lead to suicide or women attempting to harm their own children, it is a good idea to seek treatment for the disorder before symptoms potentially get out of hand.

It is currently not common practice to use such a questionnaire during pregnancy care, but this clinic is hoping to change that, expressing that proper treatment could save lives.

For more information or to check out the article in full, link here.