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When should you call 911 about postpartum psychosis?

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Postpartum psychosis is an emergency. If you have these symptoms, call your doctor or 911 right away:

  • You can't sleep.
  • You can’t think clearly.
  • You've been hallucinating or having delusions, meaning you sense or believe things that aren’t real.
  • You have obsessive and fearful thoughts about your baby.
  • You're paranoid -- deeply suspicious of other people, and no one can talk you out of it.
  • You refuse to eat.
  • You've thought of harming yourself or your baby.

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. 2000. 

Stewart, D. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004. 

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Jan. 26, 2016.

Wisner, K. New England Journal of Medicine, 2002.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 21, 2020

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. 2000. 

Stewart, D. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004. 

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Jan. 26, 2016.

Wisner, K. New England Journal of Medicine, 2002.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 21, 2020

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