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What is postpartum psychosis?

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This rare and serious mental illness can happen with postpartum depression. Symptoms often begin during the first 2 weeks after your baby is born, and include that:

Postpartum psychosis is a medical emergency. Get help as soon as you can.

  • You can’t sleep.
  • You’re confused. You can’t think clearly.
  • You have hallucinations or delusions
  • You have obsessive and fearful thoughts about your baby.
  • You’re paranoid
  • You refuse to eat.
  • You have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby.

SOURCES:

Wisner, K. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Postpartum Depression Action Plan.”

Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum Depression.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Postpartum Depression.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Wisner, K. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Postpartum Depression Action Plan.”

Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum Depression.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Postpartum Depression.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

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