Postpartum Depression: Postpartum Psychosis

The media often confuses postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis, but the two are quite different, since psychosis is considered a psychiatric emergency. Dr. Judy Greene explains the symptoms of postpartum psychosis, and what to do if you think you have it.


[MUSIC] Post partum psychosis is often confused with post partum depression. Part of that is because the media oftentimes uses the two terms interchangeably. And sometimes women. Thin they don't have postpartum depression, because they're thinking about some of the symptoms they've heard about that are connected with postpartum psychosis. Postpartum psychosis is a rare psychiatric condition that affects about 1 to 2 in 1000 new moms. The symptoms can be hearing voices or having. False beliefs about your baby. For example, some moms with postpartum psychosis might think their baby's possessed or evil and they might even have serious thoughts about hurting their baby or killing themselves. Postpartum psychosis is a psychiatric emergency. And if you're a mom having any of the symptoms like hearing voices, having really concerned thoughts that there's something wrong with your baby, it's really important to go and get help immediately. Whether it's going to an emergency room, calling your obstetrician/gynecologist or calling your baby's pediatrician. With treatment, a new mom with postpartum psychosis will really get back to her usual self and be able to bond and attach with her baby. [MUSIC]

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