According to Postpartum Support International, a nonprofit organization with the mission to increase awareness, prevention and treatment of mental illness related to childbearing worldwide, postpartum psychosis was first recognized as a disorder in 1850. Postpartum psychosis occurs in approximately 1 to 4 of every 1,000 deliveries (Gaynes et. al, 2005) worldwide. The onset is usually sudden with symptoms including: delusions (strange beliefs) and/or hallucinations, feeling very irritated, hyperactive, and unable to sleep, as well as significant mood changes with poor decision-making. There is a 5% suicide rate and 4% infanticide rate associated with Postpartum Psychosis and thus immediate medical attention is imperative.
Unfortunately, though many women with postpartum psychosis realize something is terribly wrong, fewer than 20% actually speak to their healthcare providers about their concerns and fears. Sadder still is the fact that so often these postpartum psychoses are misdiagnosed or thought to be only postpartum depression — a situation that prevents a woman from receiving adequate medical care.
A short video describing the symptoms of postpartum psychosis from 5min Life Videopedia
An article in H News, Canada’s health-care newspaper
APP is a network of women across the UK and further afield who have experienced PP. It is a collaborative project run by women who have experienced PP and academic experts from Birmingham and Cardiff Universities.
Preview a 13-minute video produced by Postpartum Support International. Available through www.postpartum.net. Helps reassure and educate new mothers, family and helpers. The poignant stories in the video are complemented by up-to-date information from three experts in the field.
Offering an understanding of postpartum psychosis, this riveting book explains what happens and why during this temporary and dangerous disorder that develops for some women rapidly after childbirth.
News Report from BBC
A personal account of a mom’s experience with postpartum psychosis