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TPCS Podcast: What Is Postpartum Bipolar Disorder?

Most people are familiar with postpartum depression (a topic we’ve discussed more than once on this show) or even bipolar mania. Less well known is postpartum bipolar disorder, despite the fact that childbirth is a significant trigger of bipolar disorder. Our guest this week is a woman who developed this condition very soon after the birth of her second child. She shares her stories of hypergraphia (an overwhelming need to write or draw), how her husband dealt with the condition, the treatments she adhered to, and how she stays stable with the condition today. Listen in to learn more about this little-known condition.

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Show Highlights:

“I used to be an anti-medication person…but I’m a major, major believer in medication, now.” ~ Dyane Harwood

  • What is postpartum bipolar disorder and what causes it?
  • How common is it and what is the treatment?
  • How postpartum bipolar affected her husband.
  • How to stay stable with the disease.


About Our Guest

Dyane Harwood graduated with a literature degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. A freelance writer for over two decades, she has interviewed bestselling authors including Kay Redfield Jamison, Anthony Bourdain, and SARK. In 2008, Dyane founded a chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and facilitated free support groups for women with mood disorders.

Dyane has written for SELF Magazine, BP/Bipolar Magazine, MOODS Magazine, The Mighty, and The Huffington Post. She has been a guest on numerous podcasts including The Mental Health Book ClubMom and MindVoices for Change 2.0, Adventures With Postpartum Depression and The Dr. Denise Show. Dyane’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder, an Amazon bestseller, is the first book to cover this unusual form of bipolar disorder.

She lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband, daughters and Scottish collie.

About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. He is also one of the co-hosts of the popular show, A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast. As a speaker, he travels nationally and is available to make your event stand out. To work with Gabe, please visit his website,



Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. He is also the author of several award-winning novels and creator of the costumed hero, Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and



TPCS Podcast: What Is Postpartum Bipolar Disorder?

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Last updated: 13 Sep 2018 (Originally: 13 Sep 2018)
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