Read Two Moms' Experiences With Postpartum Psychosis, As Well As Learn More About The Condition.

Read two moms' experiences with postpartum psychosis, as well as learn more about the condition.

What do you know about postpartum psychosis?

I'll admit that although I'd heard of it, I didn't know much until I read a story shared by a mom who experienced postpartum psychosis on Postpartum Progress. Naked on the Side of the Road: One Mother's Story of Postpartum Psychosiswas written by a mother who literally found herself naked on the side of the road, suffering from postpartum psychosis (unbeknownst to her at the time). I highly recommend reading it - if not for yourself, so you could recognize the signs in a sister or best friend.

Pregnancy and Baby: Postpartum psychosis.

Baby Blues or postpartum psychosisWhile "baby blues" -- the most common form of illness associated with new motherhood -- is relatively mild and fleeting, postpartum psychosis produces symptoms that are much more extreme: Mental confusion, loss of memory, incoherence, and bizarre hallucinations. Find out what this frightening experience was like for one new mom.

What is Postpartum Psychosis?

Postpartum psychosis is the most severe form of postpartum depression (PPD). One to two women out of every 1,000 experience postpartum psychosis. It usually comes on suddenly and within four weeks of birth. It is characterized by the following:

  • Delusions or strange beliefs
  • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there)
  • Feeling very irritated
  • Hyperactivity
  • Decreased need for or inability to sleep
  • Paranoia and suspiciousness
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Difficulty communicating at times

If a woman develops postpartum psychosis, there is a 5% rate of suicide or infanticide (killing her baby). It's already important to address this condition, but that risk makes it even more critical. (Source) Postpartum psychosis is treatable, so it's imperative that women get the help they need.

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