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Postpartum psychosis occurs in 1 to 2 of every 1,000 births. The onset of the psychosis is usually within the first two weeks to three months after birth.
Immediate treatment is crucial as there is a 5 percent rate of suicide/infanticide associated with postpartum psychosis.
Onset is sudden and symptoms include:
Risk factors include: previous postpartum psychosis or depressions; manic-depressive (bipolar) history; prenatal stressors such as low socioeconomic status and lack of a supportive partner or social support; obsessive personality traits; family history of a mood disorder.
Postpartum psychosis is treatable. Read more about treatment options.
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Last Modified: Thursday, 12-Jul-12 11:44:53