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What causes postpartum psychosis?

What causes postpartum psychosis?

Hormones, genes.: 2% of the population have psychosis at one time of their lives, and postpartum periods are particularly likely to exacerbate underlying psychopathology because of the profound hormonal fluxes that occur. Prompt medical attention is essential to avoid dire outcomes! ...Read more

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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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How is postpartum psychosis or depression treated?

How is postpartum psychosis or depression treated?

Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...Read more

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How can I prevent postpartum psychosis?

How can I prevent postpartum psychosis?

Help: i assume you are working with a psychiatrist already. the first issue is whether you will breast feed. but your doctor should be able to tell you the risks of meds in breast milk. if you aren't going to breast feed then get back on medication. cruise this website, i think there is a blog series on breast feeding and meds: http://womensmentalhealth.emory.edu ...Read more

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What is postpartum psychosis? Is it worse than depression?

What is postpartum psychosis? Is it worse than depression?

Serious depression: Psychosis is any loss of touch with reality including hallucination and/or delusions (false beliefs despite evidence to the contrary). Postpartum just means after childbirth. The is avery serious condition because the mother may have false beliefs and harm or neglect the infant. It needs immediate treatment with protection of the newborn. It if often associated with bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What is the difference between "baby blues, " depression, and postpartum psychosis?

What is the difference between "baby blues, " depression, and postpartum psychosis?

Symptoms, Severity: The "baby blues" refers to symptoms of depression that can be experienced by women after giving birth. These symptoms usually do not significantly interfere with daily functioning. Postpartum depression is a full-blown episode of depression following birth, and it can be quite severe and disabling. Postpartum psychosis refers to symptoms of hallucinations and bizarre thoughts following birth. ...Read more

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Is a hospital psych ward an appropriate place for postpartum psychosis treatment? I'm particularly concerned with use of anti-psychotic drugs!

At times, yes: Postpartum psychosis is an extremely serious illness. Women with postpartum psychosis may hallucinate and be delusional. Without treatment, may act on delusions. When ill, some have thought their babies were demonically possessed and needed to be killed. Temporary inpatient treatment can stabilize the mom, and protect both her & her infant. Antipsychotic medications may be life-saving. ...Read more

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What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...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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How do people recover from postpartum depression / psychosis?

How do people recover from postpartum depression / psychosis?

DEPENDS: It really depends on whether it is depression or psychosis. Depression requires treatment maybe with meds maybe just therapy. Psychosis is extremely dangerous and requires medications and maybe hospitalization very serious condition and needs immediate attention.. ...Read more

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What's the difference between postpartum depression and psychosis?

What's the difference between postpartum depression and psychosis?

Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Writer
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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)

Psychoses are mental health conditions where a person has a state of mind not in line with reality, and can include hallucinations (sights and sounds that are not truly occurring), delusions (false beliefs), and a lack of insight ...Read more