Compared to the rates of perinatal/postpartum depression or anxiety, postpartum psychosis is much less common. Postpartum Psychosis occurs in approximately 1 to 2 out of every 1,000 deliveries. The onset is usually sudden, within the first 1-2 weeks postpartum.
Symptoms of Perinatal Psychosis Can Include:
- Hallucinations: seeing or hearing things that are not based in reality
- Delusions: often paranoia
- Rapid mood swings
Risk factors include previous personal or family history of bipolar disorder or a previous psychotic episode. Psychosis almost always requires medication and/or hospitalization.
If you believe you or someone you know may be suffering from perinatal anxiety, please contact a professional care provider.