Postpartum psychosis is a rare and severe form of postnatal depression. It is also called postnatal or puerperal psychosis.
Postpartum psychosis happens within the first few weeks after giving birth. It can begin as early as 2 to 3 days after childbirth.
Signs of postpartum psychosis
Symptoms of postpartum depression include:
- feeling paranoid
- having delusions or hallucinations
- mood swings
- confused thinking and associated changes in behaviour
You may also have other symptoms of psychosis and thoughts of harming yourself or your baby.
Contact your GP or obstetrician urgently if you are experiencing any of these symptoms - they will arrange rapid assessment by the HSE Mental Health Services
Treatment usually includes anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medication and care from mental health experts.