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Atlanta, Georgia 30322


Purpose:

This study will evaluate pregnant women who have bipolar disorder to gain a better understanding of risk factors for bipolar disorder relapse during pregnancy and the postpartum period.


Study summary:

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes significant changes in a person's mood and energy. The onset of bipolar disorder usually occurs during young adulthood and persists for the rest of a person's life, making women who are of childbearing age at risk for this disorder. Although overall relapse rates for pre-existing mood disorders are typically higher in women who are pregnant or recently gave birth than in other women, very little is known about the impact of pregnancy and the postpartum period on someone with bipolar disorder. The course and treatment of maternal mental illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period remains the center of much debate, particularly with respect to the use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Identifying predictors of bipolar disorder recurrence during pregnancy and the postpartum period may help to determine which women are at highest risk and to develop new treatment guidelines. However, more information is needed to both identify predictors and develop guidelines that will improve outcomes for pregnant women with bipolar disorder and their babies. This study will evaluate pregnant women who have bipolar disorder to gain a better understanding of risk factors for bipolar disorder relapse during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Participation in this study will last up to 6 months postpartum. Study visits will be scheduled every 4 weeks during pregnancy and every 6 weeks after delivery for up to 6 months postpartum. During study visits, data will be collected on factors that may predict bipolar disorder recurrence and overall burden of bipolar disorder illness. Specific potential factors that will be evaluated include severity of illness in the past, type and severity of both recent and past life stressors, and any treatment received during pregnancy and the postpartum period. The study will also evaluate how antidepressant medications, if taken, affect the mother and baby during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Additionally, plasma, serum, and urine samples will also be processed and stored at each study visit.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - Medically healthy - Meets DSM-IV criteria for bipolar disorder of any subtype - No more than 32 weeks gestation, dated by last menstrual period Exclusion Criteria: - Active suicidality or homicidality - Acute psychotic symptoms


NCT ID:

NCT00720395


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Donald J. Newport, MD
Emory University


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Atlanta, Georgia 30322
United States



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Site Status: N/A


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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