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

Stewart, D.   2004   Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,.

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

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

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 08, 2018

SOURCES: 

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

Stewart, D.   2004   Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,.

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

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

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 08, 2018

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