Research into the causes of postpartum psychosis

The Mood Disorders Research Group at the University of Worcester and at Cardiff University are continuing to conduct research into the causes of postpartum psychosis (Bipolar Disorder Research Network, For many years, BDRN has had a particular interest in finding out more about the factors that make women more or less likely to experience episodes of illness in relation to childbirth.

While some factors such as genetics and having a history of bipolar disorder are known to increase risk of postpartum psychosis, unfortunately, the specific causes and triggers of these episodes are not well understood. It is hoped that further research in this area will lead to better prediction and treatment of these episodes.

Everyone at BDRN would like to say a big thank you to all the women who have so kindly participated in this research so far through the APP network. Many more women are now needed to take part in the study, to help take this research forward. You do not need to have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder to participate.

Who is invited to participate?

The research team would like to hear from you if:

  • You have ever experienced an episode of postpartum psychosis following childbirth


  • You have bipolar disorder or have experienced postpartum psychosis and are currently pregnant

What does taking part involve?

Taking part involves an interview lasting around an hour and a half and if feasible, we may ask if you would be willing to provide a small blood sample.

If you are pregnant, we will contact you again by telephone 3 months after childbirth to ask you about any symptoms you have experienced in relation to pregnancy and childbirth. This takes around 20 minutes.

If you would like further information about taking part, please contact Dr Amy Perry via the BDRN website  here or by emailing her directly at Amy would be delighted to hear from you.                                                                                                                                                             





Dr Amy Perry

BDRN Researcher