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Do a lot of people get puerperal psychosis?

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Michael Rommen
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Michael Rommen
Michael Rommen
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Dr. Horacio Capote
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Horacio Capote
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