5 First Signs Of Developing Postpartum Psychosis You Should Know

Postpartum psychosis is an extremely severe form of depression after childbirth. The reasons of postnatal decline as well as psychosis lie in a woman’s rapid changing of hormones and total reconstruction of her body after delivery. There are also social and emotional causes of these health problems. They include lack of family help and support, violent relationship, low self-esteem and social isolation.

In the article “What is the Postpartum Psychosis: Definition and Symptoms” you will find some examples on this condition.

Postpartum Psychosis

Postpartum Psychosis is a severe mental disorder

Psychosis is not a simple disease.  Last century it was described as a serious mental disorder that needs immediate medical treatment. Luckily it is a rare sickness affecting one or two women per thousand.  It happens with the women who are genetically or psychologically predisposed to it. Women with previous signs of psychosis, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia have an increased risk of developing postpartum psychosis.

The women who have the indications of psychosis are often disapproved and misunderstood by many people. It worsens their problem greatly and leads to more tragic consequences. Sick women need much patience, care and understanding. If some of your acquaintances have the symptoms of this illness, you must know she or he needs immediate help. Call the doctor or ask a professional for consulting.

Five first signs of developing postnatal psychosis are possible to be noticed at once.

The victim of this disease has distorted perception of reality. It includes hallucinations, delusions or strange beliefs. A sick woman may get constant voices in her head. They can comment her actions or even tell her to hurt her or someone else or do something she would never do otherwise.

Another sign of psychosis is paranoia or suspiciousness. Sick women believe they can’t trust people they trusted and always expect some bad things from them.

The third characteristic of this disease is irritation and difficulty in communication. Women having postnatal psychosis get conflict with people around them. They have very rapid mood swings and can’t control them at all.

The fourth indicator of postnatal psychosis is loss of concentration. Women are unable to focus on their house routine and simple work, to find some known place.

Next sign can be hyperactivity with lack of  sleep or full decline of strengths with decreased need for sleep in contrary. In any case everything is extreme.

In the movie “Doctor House” one case was showed very clearly. A man applied to the doctor when his wife slept for very long time, when she woke up, she was often very aggressive. She tried to kill her baby twice. She was hospitalized; her daughter was in another department of the hospital. The sick woman found and killed her under the influence of voices that told the woman about her awful mission. In similar cases women decide to suicide or abandon the family being afraid to harm it. When all signs of this sickness are recognized, a sick person must be treated at once.

There are different ways for treatment of postnatal psychosis. Every sick woman must know she is not alone. She will get good medication, attention and support. With understanding and much care of her family and doctors she will get better very soon.

The first step to recovery is self realizing what is happening to a person and his wish to be cured. Unfortunately there are people, who don’t know the reason of their hallucination. They take them for some divine omens. If such patients don’t consider they are sick and don’t want to get any treatment, it is a big problem for their family. That’s why the main step in recognizing and treating of postpartum psychosis is talk therapy led by professional psychologists.

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