A Transformative Approach to the Assessment and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder Postpartum

May 6, 2024 at 10:00 AM PT

Register for the free webinar with Dr. Verinder Sharma here.

In this talk, Dr. Sharma will discuss the prevention and management of bipolar disorder in the postpartum period. He will outline challenges in the assessment of females at risk of transitioning to or having a recurrence of bipolar disorder after delivery, before discussing opportunities for prevention and early intervention. Despite the mounting evidence that childbirth is one of the most potent and specific triggers of mania, studies are not available on the effectiveness of targeted interventions in the prevention of bipolar mood episodes. Preliminary findings of studies at his center will be discussed. He will conclude the talk by recommending a proactive approach with an emphasis on sleep regulation to prevent or manage mood episodes after delivery and beyond.

Dr. Verinder Sharma is a Professor of Psychiatry and has a cross-appointment to the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Western University, London, Ontario. Dr. Sharma’s research focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of refractory mood disorders and peripartum psychiatric illnesses. Lately, he has devoted his research efforts to exploring the relationship between postpartum psychiatric disorders and bipolar disorder.

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