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can you have mania without depression in bipolar?

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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yes: Mania can be the first presentation in bipolar disorder and it tends to be the predominant presentation in the early course of the disorder. Over time, depression tends to become more pronounced.
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Yes: Mania is the hallmark feature of bipolar disorder. Though depression without mania or hypo mania is called unipolar depression, the presence of mania or hypo mania with or without depression is by definition bipolar.

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Could I have the postpartum depression five months after my delivery?

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Dr. David Fein
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Yes: Post-partum depression can occur up to a year after delivery. Please do not hesitate to talk to your ob/gyn or primary care doctor if you think that symptoms of depression are starting to affect your health and well-being.
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How can I breastfeed if I have post-partum depression?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Focus on baby: 10-40% of women suffer from PPD after giving birth. Many find it difficult to continue breastfeeding. Realize that breastfeeding has significant health benefits for baby as well as for mom. During bf oxytocin is released, which is a natural antidepressant. This may help those with ppd. If you are taking antidepressants talk with your dr about risks/benefits of continuing to breastfeed.
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Postpartum "Blues" occurs in 40-80% of women after giving birth. It's less intense and long-lasting than Post Partum Depression, which has point prevalence 5 to 9%, & lifetime risk of 10-25%.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What should I know if I am pregnant and taking medication for bipolar disorder?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Check with your MD: Many women with bipolar disorder have taken psychiatric medications during their pregnancies and have had successful outcomes. However, some medications are known to be unsafe in pregnancy, but other, newer medications are considered safer -- so, along with close medical supervision by your psychiatrist and obstetrician, you can lessen risk factors and experience a normal, healthy pregnancy.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the incidence of depression in pregnancy?

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Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
5-25 %: Depending on how the studies have defined depression (major versus minor, etc.) and whether postpartum depression has been included in that definition, the incidence has been estimated at anywhere from 5-25%. If there are any concerns about possible depression, have a conversation with your provider.
Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Anxiety disorders overlap but are also about 20%
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Could you have mania without obvious depression in bipolar?

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Dr. William Patterson
Psychiatry 49 years experience
High but not low?: You could have a first episode of mania and have depressive episodes later or you could already have a history of bipolar and have another manic episode with little or no depression although recurrent depressive episodes are more common. If you have mania and depression at the same time it's called mixed episode.

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