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Treatment of Mania in the Last Six Months of Pregnancy
H. George Nurnberg
Psychiatric Services 1980; doi:
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Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, New York

American Psychiatric Association

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The management and treatment of psychotic exacerbations of manic-depressive illness during the last six months of pregnancy are discussed and guidelines are given. The author notes that such concerns are covered only superficially in most standard references. The acutely psychotic pregnant patient presents a therapeutic dilemma that has been overshadowed by the attention to teratogenic effects of psychotropic drugs. To date there are no controlled studies on the efficacy of different therapeutic modalities during pregnancy. Citing a case example, the author says second- and third-trimester treatment designs must primarily consider the perinatal aspects of pharmacotherapy in the mother and fetus rather than teratogenicity.

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