#FOZA4PPDAwareness - Many women are diagnosed for the first time with bipolar depression or mania during pregnancy or postpartum. There are two phases of a bipolar mood disorder: the lows and the highs. The low time is clinically called depression, and the high is called mania or hypomania. Bipolar mood disorder can appear as a severe depression; women need informed evaluation and follow-up on past and current mood changes and cycles to assess whether there is a bipolar dynamic. In Bipolar 2, the manic episode is less apparent; the highs and lows are not as extreme, and sometimes it is more apparent to friends and families than to the individual going through the phases. If you, a family member or a friend want to learn more about bipolar mood disorders during pregnancy or postpartum, don't hesitate in speaking with a health care professional. Connect with FOZA, we'll help you find resources in your area.