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My friend is suffering from puerperal psychosis and has been prescribed some drug. Is that all they will do?

My friend is suffering from puerperal psychosis and has been prescribed some drug. Is that all they will do?

Medications: Puerperal psychosis is a psychiatric emergency that often requires inpatient treatment. Symptoms are typically manic or mixed, with restlessness, agitation, sleep disturbance, paranoia, delusions, disorganized thinking, impulsivity, and behaviors that place mother and infant at risk. Antipsychotic and possibly mood-stabilizing medicines are needed; later treatment can include more psychotherapy. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


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What is puerperal psychosis?

What is puerperal psychosis?

Puerperal psychosis: Psychosis following labor/delivery, in susceptible women such as those with history of emotional problems. ...Read more

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How can I treat puerperal psychosis?

How can I treat puerperal psychosis?

Psychiatrist: Any psychosis is potentially dangerous to the individual and those around him/her. Get to a mental health provider for psychotherapy (and possibly medication) as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How do you cope with puerperal psychosis?

How do you cope with puerperal psychosis?

The idea is not: To simply cope with it, but to be actively treated for it with a combination of medication and therapy. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get puerperal psychosis?

No: Puerperal psychosis occurs in 1 or 2 out of 1000 childbirths, usually in young, first-time mothers. This might seem like a pretty significant group, but compared to other postpartum disorders it's relatively rare. Maternity blues affects 50-75% of new mothers and postpartum depression is seen in 10-15% of new mothers.

These women likely have other mood disorders like bipolar. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of puerperal psychosis?

What are the symptoms of puerperal psychosis?

Needs treatment!: Symptoms, usually developing during the first 3 postpartum weeks (as soon as 1 to 2 days after childbirth), include: feeling removed from baby, other people, and surroundings. disturbed sleep, even when baby sleeping,  confused and disorganized thinking, mood swings and bizarre behavior,  agitation or restlessness,  hallucinations, often involving sight, smell, hearing, or touch, delusional thinking. ...Read more

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Have you ever cured with puerperal psychosis?

Have you ever cured with puerperal psychosis?

YES!: Puerperal psychosis is unfortunately not all that rare and goes under-reported and unrecognized in the vast majority of cases. Family support and loving relationship with your husband/partner should help diagnose and manage this dire psychiatric pathology before any harm to the family/others. Proper medical therapy can manage the vast majority of these cases and complete remission can be achieved. ...Read more

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Does puerperal psychosis usually cause many symptoms?

Watch out!: This is a medical emergency. The mother is at significant risk for significantly harming or killing the infant or herself.
This is usually rapid onset, usually within 2-4 weeks, but can be as early as 2-3 days. Early warning signs include: inability to sleep for several nights, agitation, irritable mood, and avoidance of the infant. Any thoughts of hurting herself should be considered serious. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: puerperal psychosis?

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What is the definition or description of: puerperal psychosis?

Puerperal Psychosis: Also called postpartum psychosis, is having psychotic symptoms following childbirth. Most common is sudden onset of irritability, extreme mood swings & hallucinations. With proper treatment, symptoms resolve within weeks. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to recover from puerperal psychosis?

What is the most effective way to recover from puerperal psychosis?

A Psychiatrist: Psychosis, which is characterized by hallucinations and/or delusions responds to medications known as anti-psychotics. It is possible to have a physical ailment causing the psychosis. I would try and see a board certified psychiatrist to receive an appropriate diagnosis and the proper treatment. You may want to ask your obstetrician for a referral and good luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between puerperal psychosis and post natal depression? Are they really different?

What is the difference between puerperal psychosis and post natal depression? Are they really different?

Yes: These are separate problems. Puerpal psychosis specfically has to do with bizarre thoughts and hallucinations. Postpartum depression can include psychotic symptoms, but it requires the presence of significant depressive symptoms. ...Read more

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Is post-partum psychosis a common problem?

Post partum: While post partum psychosis is uncommon, post partum depression is. Getting the "blues" following delivery is even more common, but if this becomes worse and more severe, a woman may develop a depressive disorder requiring treatment with an antidepressant medication. This is very important to know, as severe cases of post partum depression can interfere with the attachment and bonding process. ...Read more

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What should I know about puerperal sepsis?

What should I know about puerperal sepsis?

Treatable!: Infection after delivery is more common than we think. If you had prolonged rupture of membranes, instrument/forcep delivery, etc, you may experience puerperal sepsis. Typically, an immunocompetent person can fight off infection and a course of antibiotics can help treat off infection if needed. It is better to treat earlier than later! ...Read more

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What medicine do you take for psychosis?

What medicine do you take for psychosis?

Antipsychotics: Antipsychotic medications are separated into the 1st generation and 2nd generation families. The 1st gen include haloperidol, perphenazine, navane, (thiothixene) Fluphenazine and others. 2nd gen include olanzapine, risperidone, ziprasidone, aripiprazole, quetiapine, clozapine, lurasidone, iloperidone, paliperidone, asenapine. No other class will treat psychosis. ...Read more

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What is a drug for psychosis?

What is a drug for psychosis?

There are several: There are many different antipsychotic medications available today. Examples include: Haldol, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Geodon, Latuda, (lurasidone) Abilify, Clozaril, Thorazine, Navane, etc ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to treat postical psychosis without having to take anti-epileptic & anti-psychotic medicines?

Is there a natural way to treat postical psychosis without having to take anti-epileptic & anti-psychotic medicines?

Probably not: Untreated, ongoing seizure disorder can be damaging to your brain. Psychosis from whatever cause can be damaging to your life and well-being. Please allow treatment of these conditions. A neurologist and psychiatrist working together may be a good team for you. ...Read more

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Which drug gives you permanent psychosis?

Which drug gives you permanent psychosis?

Mehamphetamine: Meth can definitely cause persistent psychosis especially in those with predisposition. PCP, LSD, mushrooms, peyote might but no conclusive evidence that I know of. Cocaine and even marijuana frequently cause temporary psychosis and could trigger those who are susceptible more long term. Alcohol can cause psychosis especially during withdrawal ...Read more

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Which drug gives you permanent psychosis?

Which drug gives you permanent psychosis?

Mehamphetamine: Meth can definitely cause persistent psychosis especially in those with predisposition. PCP, LSD, mushrooms, peyote might but no conclusive evidence that I know of. Cocaine and even marijuana frequently cause temporary psychosis and could trigger those who are susceptible more long term. Alcohol can cause psychosis especially during withdrawal ...Read more

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What is the medicine a senior woman would receive for a psychosis diagnosis?

What is the medicine a senior woman would receive for a psychosis diagnosis?

Depends: Psychosis can be caused by many things. Tfor example, depression can cause psychosis, dementia can do it, and other psychiatric conditions. Treatment should be tailored to the cause of the psychosis. In general, newer generation antipsychotics are preferred, such as quietiapine. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of drug induced psychosis?

What is the frequency of drug induced psychosis?

Drug-induced psychos: Very common, depending on the drug abused & the person's tolerance. ...Read more

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What drug/drugs cause the most cases of drug induced psychosis?

What drug/drugs cause the most cases of drug induced psychosis?

Street, Prescribed: Street: many, if not all, especially methamphetamine, cocaine, hallucinogens, ecstasy. You could include alcohol and marijuana. Prescribed, usually only if overdosed: anticholinergics, steroids, stimulants, L-Dopa. You are safest if you avoid street drugs, and take prescribed in prescribed doses. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and early stages of a drug induced psychosis?

What are the symptoms and early stages of a drug induced psychosis?

Drug psychosis: First there needs to be drug intake. Symptoms with each drug or drug class could differ. Intoxication with many drugs can lead to psychotic symptoms. In general these may include paranoia -- very fearful, feeling that others are trying to trick them, are not to be trusted, or have harmful intent. Delusions of grandiosity. Illusions & hallucinations -- could be visual or tactile. Much more. ...Read more

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Is it true that some prescription drugs misused can cause psychosis?

What cause?: What "cause" are you speaking of? Please include that info and we can try again. Thanks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the four types of receptors that are blocked by the phenothiazine drugs for psychosis.?

Can you tell me the four types of receptors that are blocked by the phenothiazine drugs for psychosis.?

Receptors: Chlorpromazine (the first phenothiazine antipsychotic) blocks more than 4 receptor types: d2, h1, m1, alpha1, alpha2, 5ht2a, and 5ht2c -- and a very small amount of 5ht1a. Other agents also block d2 receptors, but vary in histaminic, muscarinic, and serotonergic receptor effects. These differences relate to differences in side effect profiles. ...Read more

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Any advise for a nursing mom (4.5 months post partum) that has fibromyalgia? I haven't had my medicine in over a year and have severe pain.

Any advise for a nursing mom (4.5 months post partum) that has fibromyalgia? I haven't had my medicine in over a year and have severe pain.

Non-pharmacologic: As mentioned, non-medication strategies would be the safest. Physical therapy, exercise, aquatic therapy, pilates, yoga etc. Also consider behavioral strategies such as meditation, mindfulness, breathing exercises, biofeedback. A pain psychologist can help teach these tools. ...Read more

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How are antipsychaotic drugs like compazine (prochlorperazine) used for sedation and psychosis when they cause akithesia and dystonia? I've seen it make people crazier

How are antipsychaotic drugs like compazine (prochlorperazine) used for sedation and psychosis when they cause akithesia and dystonia? I've seen it make people crazier

Antipsychotics: Every medication has side-effects, and antipsychotics are no exception. If used cautiously ; with clear indications ; close monitoring, they are for the most part safe. ...Read more

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Sick of shrink asking if I'm on drugs, is psychosis often drug related?

Sick of shrink asking if I'm on drugs, is psychosis often drug related?

Yes it can be!: Psychosis can be caused by mental illness, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective d/o, major depressive d/o with psychosis, bad, ptsd-and substance use d/o. Therefore, it is important to ask about substance abuse. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychosis (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychoses (Definition)

Psychosis is a condition mostly seen in Schizophrenia and conditions where certain drugs cause psychotic symptoms. Symptoms may include auditory and visual hallucinations and a break with reality. Psychotic symptoms can be managed with medications and usually begin at the age of 20+ but can also be seen earlier or later as in Dementia or ...Read more