Postpartum Psychosis

Postpartum Psychosis

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.

Common Symptoms

  • Delusions or strange beliefs
  • Hallucinations
  • Feeling very irritated
  • Hyperactivity
  • Decreased need for or inability to sleep
  • Paranoia and suspiciousness
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Difficulty communicating at times

Risk Factors

  • 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.