Reproductive health issues: Evidence

Reproductive health issues: Evidence

Overview Breastfeeding Medication and conception Overview All four guidelines (BAP, CANMAT, NICE, and SIGN) concur that bipolar disorder has significant implications for reproductive health issues, particularly in relation to the teratogenetic risk caused by the medications being taken for the disorder. The figures published in the BAP guideline about the ‘risk of major congenital malformations’ differ slightly from those published in the SIGN guideline (BAP: the risk ‘in the general population is surprisingly high at 2% to 4%’; SIGN: ‘The overall risk of major fetal malformation in any pregna... »

How to Diagnose Bipolar Disorder

How to Diagnose Bipolar Disorder

Instructions At this time there is currently no laboratory tests to confirm a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. However, there are many tools a clinician can use to see if a patient does indeed have the disorder. Bipolar Disorder is difficult to diagnose because of its vacillating symptoms. In general, there is no consistency to the symptoms of the disorder, which makes it difficult for the clinician to pinpoint. We’ll explain what tools a clinician has and what are their limitations. »

Bipolar: Key Recovery Concepts

Bipolar: Key Recovery Concepts

Hope. With good symptom management, it is possible to experience long periods of wellness. Believing that you can cope with your mood disorder is both accurate and essential to recovery. Perspective. Depression and manic-depression often follow cyclical patterns. Although you may go through some painful times and it may be difficult to believe things will get better, it is important not to give up hope. Personal Responsibility. It’s up to you to take action to keep your moods stabilized. This includes asking for help from others when you need it, taking your medication as prescribed and keepin... »

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