Mood Disorders



Bipolar Disorder in Women: Considerations across the Reproductive Lifespan

Friday, October 26
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Tangerine WF4

Many prescribers who treat women of reproductive age do not feel comfortable treating women during pregnancy and the postpartum, or lack sufficient knowledge about the ever-changing literature pertaining to risks and benefits of mood stabilizer treatment across pregnancy and the postpartum. This session is designed to address the course and clinical needs of bipolar disorder across the female lifespan. Gender differences will be addressed, as will specific issues that are relevant to women’s health. In addition, reproductive lifecycle-related clinically important data will be discussed pertaining to pregnancy, the postpartum, the menstrual cycle, and the menopausal transition.

Marlene P. Freeman, MD

Associate Director
Massachusetts General Hospital Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women's Mental Health
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Marlene P. Freeman, MD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and the Abra Prentice Foundation Chair in Women's Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Medical Director of the MGH Clinical Trials Network and Institute (CTNI).

Dr. Freeman completed medical school at Northwestern University Medical School. She completed residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program and a research fellowship in the Biological Psychiatry Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her research and clinical expertise is in the areas of mood disorders and women's mental health. She previously directed programs in women's mental health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and at UT-Southwestern in Dallas.

Dr. Freeman is Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) and is a Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). She was a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and chaired the APA Task Force on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and was a member of the APA's workgroup on Major Depressive Disorder treatment guidelines. She also served as a Member of the Veterans Administration Reproductive Mental Health Steering Committee.


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