No latent period in bipolar affective puerperal psychosis

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  • Jessica Heron
  • E Robertson Blackmore
  • Mary McGuinness
  • N Craddock
  • I Jones

Colleges, School and Institutes


The weeks following childbirth are a period of high risk in bipolar women with manic or mixed affective episodes following 20-30% of deliveries. Although the vast majority of episodes have their onset within 2 weeks of delivery it is commonly believed that there is a "latent" or symptom-free period in the first few days after delivery. We examine the day of onset of clinically significant symptoms in 101 bipolar women who have experienced an episode of puerperal (postpartum) psychosis. We find no evidence of a latent period. Over 50% of symptom onsets occur on days 1-3, with over 22% occurring on the first postpartum day.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-81
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Issue number2
Early online date26 Feb 2007
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2007