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Title: Hypomanic symptoms in early pregnancy: prevalence and associated factors
Author(s): Chan, Ayu Chui Yi 
Author(s): Lee, A. M.
Chung, K. F.
koh, Y. W.
Lam, S. K.
Lee, C. P.
Leung, K. Y.
Tang, C. S. K.
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Archives of Women’s Mental Health 
Volume: 24
Issue: 3
Start page: 463
End page: 471
Given that the perinatal period is a time of increased risk for pregnant women to manifest mental health problems, the identification of antenatal hypomanic symptoms is particularly important. However, data on antenatal hypomanic symptoms is lacking. The present study was aimed at filling this research gap by investigating the prevalence of hypomanic symptoms, including the “active-elated” and “irritable/risk-taking” sides of hypomanic symptoms at the first trimester, and examining their associations with anxiety and depressive symptoms at the following time points: the first trimester, the second trimester, and up to 6-week postpartum. A prospective longitudinal design with a quantitative approach was adopted. A consecutive sample of 229 pregnant Chinese women in Hong Kong was assessed. Hypomanic symptoms were assessed with the Hypomania Checklist-32 (HCL-32). Of the sample, 43.6% had elevated levels of hypomanic symptoms in the first trimester. Multiple regression analysis showed that after adjusting for potential confounding factors, irritable/risk-taking symptoms were independently associated with higher anxiety symptoms in the first and second trimesters and in the 6-week postpartum period. Primary healthcare practitioners should be made aware of antenatal hypomanic symptoms in pregnant women to facilitate early identification and intervention for anxiety and depression to improve the well-being of both mothers and infants.
DOI: 10.1007/s00737-020-01078-0
CIHE Affiliated Publication: Yes
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