Having a baby can trigger an episode for a high proportion of women with bipolar.  Some (around 20%) could have a postpartum psychosis, a severe postnatal illness which is a psychiatric emergency and usually requires a stay in hospital.

Bipolar UK’s Clare Dolman talks to a couple, Jenny and Henry, who went through it after the birth of their second child. Jenny describes what a difficult time it was but how, with the support of family, friends and caring professionals, she recovered and is now well and happily enjoying bringing up her children:

The BBC are re-showing the full documentary that featured Jenny and Henry 3 years ago: My Baby, Psychosis & Me Thursday (May 22nd at 00;15am and then on i-player).

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