Post Partum Psycosis

What is post partum psychosis? Postpartum psychosis (or puerperal psychosis) is a term that covers a group of mental illnesses with the sudden onset of psychotic symptoms following childbirth. A typical example is for a woman to become irritable, have extreme mood swings and hallucinations, and possibly need psychiatric hospitalization. (Source wiki post partum psychosis). This is a more severe form of postpartum depression if left untreated.

If you experience post partum depression take care to seek professional help before you end up at an emergency room. The emergency rooms are prepared in a very generic way to handle this condition including being roughly handled by personnel, restrained , injected with psychotic drugs without being told which drugs are being used.  Be aware that CPS are automatically called and a brand new mother is put in the position of proving herself as a care taker for up to two or three years.

Consider, instead calling your local mental health center as soon as possible. The condition can become so severe that you are unaware of what you are doing or saying and if you are not with a mental health professional, everything you do or say will be used against you. It is sad that women have to be treated like animals because of chemical or hormonal imbalances, but this is how you may be treated if you don’t get to a professional in the mental health field who can properly care for your condition.

Caution: Do not fully depend on your OBGYN to give you the proper references or drugs without consulting a mental health professional because that could possibly make things worse. Contact your mental health center ASAP so you can be treated like a human being. It is a foreign thing for many general practice doctors and sadly OBGYN’s for a woman to have such a negative reaction to pregnancy and sometimes tell you that these feeling will just “go away.”  Take care of the mother you have just become. The hormonal changes can be so powerful it changes your thinking into a nightmare and it does not have to happen. There is treatment and recovery.