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Bipolar Disorder in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period: Predictors of Morbidity

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Viguera, Adele, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: December 20, 2007
Last updated: August 11, 2014
Last verified: August 2014
The purpose of this study is to examine risk factors for relapse of bipolar disorder during pregnancy and the postpartum period. The main goal of this study is to find the risks that may make it more likely for a woman with bipolar disorder to experience a depressive, manic, or hypomanic episode during her pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Bipolar Disorder Psychiatric Morbidity Neonatal Outcome

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Bipolar Disorder in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period: Predictors of Morbidity

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Further study details as provided by Viguera, Adele, Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • psychiatric morbidity [ Time Frame: 15 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • obstetrical outcomes [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
serum, plasma, urine, whole blood, saliva, amniotic fluid, breast milk

Enrollment: 118
Study Start Date: August 2005
Study Completion Date: July 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Pregnant women with bipolar disorder


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
psychiatrists, referring obstetricians, community-based health centers, triage, and women who have previously given written permission to be contacted about research studies within the MGH Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. medically healthy adult women (ages 18-45) fulfilling DSM-IV criteria for bipolar disorder of any type (1 or 2) who are currently pregnant within 14 weeks gestation dated by last menstrual period;
  2. euthymic at the time of conception;
  3. able to give informed consent and comply with study procedures;
  4. have a treating psychiatrist, physician or mental health clinician. Gravid women between the ages of 18 and 45

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. active suicidality or homicidality;
  2. active substance use disorder with 6 months prior to enrollment, or
  3. positive urine drug screen at enrollment.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00580268

United States, Georgia
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Geral Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Adele C Viguera, MD MGH
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Viguera, Adele, MD, Center for Women's Mental Health, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00580268     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00320645
Other Study ID Numbers: 2005P001167
R01MH071762 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: December 20, 2007
Last Updated: August 11, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bipolar Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Bipolar and Related Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 21, 2017