Giving Birth Was Supposed to be the Happiest Moment of My Life – my reblog

This is a reblog from The Bipolar Writer. I wrote this for my blog back in December. This is the new and improved and edited version of my post from December of 2017. I apologize for the repeats if you are following The Bipolar Writer, as well. I want to post it in case someone didn’t get a chance to read it. I hope you like it and it helps you in some way. Much love and hugs, as always, Sue

The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog

After giving birth to my first child 25 years ago, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression and was treated with antidepressants until my OB doctor realized he could not help me. He referred me to a psychiatrist who diagnosed me with bipolar 1 disorder, as my primary mental illness.

When I was first diagnosed initially with postpartum depression and soon after with bipolar disorder 25 years ago, postpartum bipolar was never heard of or discussed at the time. Back then postpartum bipolar was not diagnosed much or at all that I am aware of.

Even today, postpartum bipolar is often mistaken for postpartum depression. The severe low mood pole of bipolar is not recognized as bipolar, but is misdiagnosed as postpartum depression instead. Confusing bipolar disorder with postpartum depression can result in devastating consequences. The wrong medications can cause a new mother’s symptoms to worsen, and in some cases require hospitalization. The…

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1 Comment

  1. Excellent post, Susan!!!

    My memoir “Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder” is reaching moms (and those who care about them) and I’m so grateful some of them are letting me know they’re finding it a worthwhile read. Moms have emailed me about how my book has helped them feel less isolated with postpartum bipolar disorder. My experience, as harrowing as it was, has given them hope, practical tools, and resources to help them achieve mood stability.

    I ***know*** your book will definitely help others enormously and come from the heart.

    Take care & all my best!


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