The idea is not. To simply cope with it, but to be actively treated for it with a combination of medication and therapy.
Puerperal psychosis. Is also called post partum depression with psychosis.
An emergency. Post-partum ("puerperal") psychosis is a psychiatric emergency. Onset is within the first 2 weeks after delivery, and as early as the first 48 to 72 hours postpartum (earlier than typical postpartum depression). There's often mania or a mixed state; restlessness, agitation, poor sleep, paranoia, delusions, disorganized thinking, impulsivity, and behaviors placing mom & baby at risk. Help needed.
Puerperal psychosis. Psychosis following labor/delivery, in susceptible women such as those with history of emotional problems.
Drugs and counseling. The treatments of choice typically are anti-psychotic medications and lithium, and often in combination with an antidepressant. You should not be breast feeding while on these medications, and you should seek psychotherapy afterwards. Having more support from the dad can't hurt either!
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.
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.
Not Many. Puerperal psychosis occurs in 1- 2 out of 1000 childbirths, usually in young, first-time mothers. 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%. This condition is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention. A mother hallucinating can be very dangerous to herself & the baby.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. True puerperal psychosis causes women to act and react to situations in an unusual manner. It is associated with hallucinations. The woman may not know what she is doing or where she is. She may be a danger to herself, her baby, or the people around her.
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.
Pregnant crazy. Puerperal condition means that you are pregnant. Psychosis is a form of serious mental disturbance. The condition of pregnancy is stressful and can induce many bad conditions including psychosis. However, usually good management and appropriate medical care will get you through it. Hormone and chemical imbalance can occur that needs adjustments.
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.
My friend is suffering from puerperal psychosis and has been prescribed some drug. Is that all they will do?
Ideally, we first. Need to get control of the psychotic symptoms and perhaps even get the depression a bit better before she is also referred to a therapist. The best treatment is a combination of medication and therapy.
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.