Puerperal psychosis

Jun 21st, 2015
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Some women experience the symptoms of psychosis almost immediately after giving birth. An episode of psychosis following the birth of a baby is called puerperal psychosis. It is also called postpartum psychosis or postnatal psychosis.

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http://www.mentalhealthcare.org.uk/puerperal_psychosisPuerperal psychosisWhat is puerperal psychosis?Who experiences this sort of psychosis?What causes puerperal psychosis?How is it treated?Staying in hospitalPreparing for puerperal psychosisWhat is puerperal psychosis?Some women experience the symptoms of psychosis almost immediately after giving birth. An episode of psychosis following the birth of a baby is called puerperal psychosis. It is also called postpartum psychosis or postnatal psychosis.Puerperal psychosis is totally different from postnatal depression (though women who experience puerperal psychosis may feel depressed).Women normally start experiencing symptoms of puerperal psychosis between three and seven days after the birth, and it starts very suddenly. The risk of experiencing puerperal psychosis ends after about three months.The symptoms usually include insomnia, feeling agitated, restless and irritated, feeling depressed or unusually happy, and swinging rapidly between these states of mind. Women with puerperal psychosis may behave strangely, feel very confused, and experience fleeting hallucinations. They may worry excessively, and believe that s

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