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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

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...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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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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What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

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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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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What are the ways that people recover from postpartum depression/psychosis?

What are the ways that people recover from postpartum depression/psychosis?

Absolutely: It usually takes medication if it was really psychotic. But unless you have an underlying mood or thought disorder that predated your pregnancy, you should be able to fully recover. ...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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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 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. 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. 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