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Familial Bipolar Variant of Postpartum Psychosis: A Case Report

L Lavanya, K Raman, Shanthi Nambi, GS Chandraleka

Keywords : Bipolar disorder, Familial aggregation, Postpartum psychosis

Citation Information : Lavanya L, Raman K, Nambi S, Chandraleka G. Familial Bipolar Variant of Postpartum Psychosis: A Case Report. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2019; 13 (2):82-84.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0036

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-08-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


To highlight the familial influence in a patient presenting bipolar variant of postpartum psychosis (PP). Postpartum psychosis although less common than other postpartum psychiatric disorders is of immense significance in view of the course of the illness and impairment. Women with bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder have been reported to have >50% risk for another episode of PP. Postpartum psychosis affected 74% of mothers with bipolar disorder and a first-degree relative who had PP, compared with only 30% of bipolar women without any family history of PP. There is a strong familial component associated with the illness. Mrs. S, 24-year-old housewife, married for 5 years, 10th std, from Puducherry, brought by the mother to our OPD with complaints of sleep disturbance, irritability, anger outburst over trivial issues, and suspiciousness for past 15 days. Stressor patient gave birth to a child 15 days back following which she developed sleep disturbances, decreased self-care, neglecting the child, suspiciousness that people are talking ill about her, and that her husband had left her permanently, with a past history revealing similar illness in the past during the first childbirth 3 years ago, which resolved within 10 days of treatment. Familial aggregation of the illness will be presented in detail and treatment options will be discussed.

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