Postpartum Mental Health
Frequently asked questions about postpartum depression, anxiety, and psychosis
What is Postpartum Psychosis?
Postpartum psychosis is a rarer, serious mental health diagnosis in which mothers may experience the following:
- Disorientation or confusion
- Inability or difficulty sleeping
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Excessive energy/agitation
- Obsessive thoughts and/or paranoia
- Severe feelings of wanting to harm yourself or your baby
How Common is Postpartum Psychosis?
While postpartum psychosis is far less common than depression or anxiety, it is still possible for any new mother to develop the condition, and so it should be monitored closely.
If you believe you may be experiencing signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis, contact a mental health professional immediately.
Who is at Greatest Risk for Postpartum Psychosis?
It can be hard to determine who is at greatest risk for developing postpartum psychosis, and it should be assumed that anyone can develop the condition in order to best provide diagnosis and treatment as needed.
One risk factor that is certain is that women who have a history with bipolar disorder, whether their own or within their immediate family, may have an increased risk of developing the condition.
What is the Treatment for Postpartum Psychosis?
Postpartum psychosis is a serious and acute medical diagnosis that often requires a combination of talk therapy, hospitalization, and medication. If you believe that you or someone you know is suffering from symptoms of psychosis, contact a medical professional immediately.