Postpartum Psychosis occurs in 1 to 2 out of every 1,000 deliveries. Its onset is usually sudden, occurring in the first 2- weeks postpartum. A psychotic episode requires immediate psychiatric intervention.
- Delusions or strange beliefs
- Feeling very irritated
- Decreased need for or inability to sleep
- Paranoia and suspiciousness
- Rapid mood swings
- Difficulty communicating at times
- A personal or family history of bipolar disorder or a previous psychotic episode
Postpartum psychosis is temporary and treatable with professional help, but it is an emergency and immediate treatment is essential.