Chapter 36. Bipolar Disorder in Women

  1. Lakshmi N. Yatham3 and
  2. Mario Maj4
  1. Benicio N. Frey1,
  2. Karine A. Macritchie2,
  3. Claudio N. Soares1 and
  4. Meir Steiner1

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch36

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

How to Cite

Frey, B. N., Macritchie, K. A., Soares, C. N. and Steiner, M. (2010) Bipolar Disorder in Women, in Bipolar Disorder (eds L. N. Yatham and M. Maj), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch36

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  2. 4

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University and Women's Health Concerns Clinic, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, ON, Canada

  2. 2

    Institute of Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Suite 403 - 5950 University Blvd., Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470721988

Online ISBN: 9780470661277



  • bipolar disorder in women;
  • course of bipolar illness in women - greater risk of chronic depressive symptoms, mixed episodes and rapid cycling disorder;
  • rapid cycling, associated with bipolar II disorder and with hypothyroidism;
  • bipolar I and II and rapid cycling disorder - in women;
  • psychiatric and medical comorbidity - in women with bipolar disorder;
  • mood changes related to menstrual phases;
  • pregnancy management of mother with bipolar disorder - and careful planning;
  • women with bipolar disorder, necessity of pre-conceptual counseling and planning for pregnancy;
  • teratogenicity, intrauterine growth effects - and neurobehavioural sequelae;
  • neonatal toxicity and withdrawal symptoms


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The reproductive life cycle in women with bipolar disorder

  • The postpartum in women with bipolar disorder

  • Menopause and menopausal transition

  • Conclusions

  • References