WHAT IS POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS?
Almost half of all women experience baby blues after birth, which usually starts within three to four days and involves mood swings, tearfulness and feeling low. Postnatal depression affects around 10 to 15 women per 1,000. However, postpartum depression is the rare form of the condition, affecting only one woman per 1,000. Sufferers often display signs of mania and confusion, as well as experiencing delusions and hallucinations. Psychiatrists believe genetics play a part, as does having a past history of psychotic illness. Hormonal changes post-birth and sleep deprivation associated with having a small baby are also believed to contribute.
Often, a woman suffering from postpartum psychosis will be unable to realise she is ill, and will need her family members or those close to her to help her get the treatment she needs.