While postpartum psychosis is a rare mental health condition it can be quite serious. This condition which is also known as “puerperal psychosis”. can develop after someone has given birth.

Postpartum psychosis can leave the sufferer feeling frightened and overwhelmed. However, with the right support, it is possible for the individual to completely recover. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. 

The Symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis

Symptoms usually begin after a few weeks of giving birth. If you suffer from this condition you could experience a combination of depression, mania, and psychosis. 

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Feeling excited or elated
  • Having quick mood changes
  • Feeling very depressed
  • Feeling disorientated or confused

Other symptoms an include

  • Being restless
  • Being unable to concentrate
  • Being unable to sleep even when you have the opportunity to 
  • Having hallucinations, delusions, and other psychotic symptoms 

The Causes of Postpartum Psychosis

It is unclear as to what causes postpartum psychosis. However, some factors can make people more likely to develop this condition. These factors include:

  • Having a traumatic pregnancy or birth 
  • Having a family history of mental health conditions such as postpartum psychosis 
  • Having a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
  • Having experienced postpartum psychosis in the past

It is possible for people to develop postpartum psychosis without having a history of mental health problems. 

The good news is that you can get help with mental health conditions such as postpartum psychosis from your doctor. The NHS has a lot of useful information about this condition, including information about treatments, self-care, and how to recognise your triggers. 

If you are concerned that you might have postpartum psychosis please speak to your doctor. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk