I didn’t know any-thing about postpartum psychosis until I saw the movie Tully (not giving away any spoilers!) and did a little research. Man, was I surprised– sometimes, I feel a bit ignorant when it comes to women’s health and the dozens of postpartum issues I have once failed to acknowledge. A lot of people may be blindsided or even unaware of what postpartum psychosis is and that’s why this post is so important to read and share with ANY and ALL of your soon-to-be-mama friends.
I need every women out there, pregnant or not, to read this post and absorb what this condition is about– because frankly, it’s downright frightening how dangerous postpartum psychosis can be, and there needs to be talked about.
What is postpartum psychosis?
there is a dramatic difference between the baby blues and postpartum depression. you can read about them here.
What are the symptoms of postpartum psychosis?
in one of my recent posts, i talk about postpartum anxiety and how to cope. you can read about that here.
Did you know that women with bipolar disorder are more prone to postpartum psychosis?
Prevention for postpartum psychosis.
For women with known bipolar disorder, taking medication during pregnancy as well as immediately after, greatly reduces the risk of postpartum psychosis.
And while there is no data to guide women whether or not medication should be taken, it’s best for doctors to monitor women that have a bipolar disorder. It’s especially important to be monitored postpartum and for a trusted person to know about your condition.
How postpartum psychosis is treated.
In many cases, hospital admission is necessary where the proper medication can be distributed.
Family support can be available through therapists and family counselors.
this is an amazing resource guide. there is a list of doctors for the United States, Canada, and Australia.
this is where you can find statistics on postpartum psychosis.
this is where you can find information on postpartum psychosis.
You are not alone.
While this may feel like an extremely lonely and scary time for you, I want to reassure you that you are not alone.
Struggling with a postpartum issue is one of the most daunting things that I have been through…I want you to know that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.
If you or someone you love may believe to have postpartum psychosis, PLEASE seek out the appropriate help– there are people out there that will help you, and there are people out there that NEED you! <3
Help is there for you.
Have you seen the movie Tully? If you have, what do you think of it? I want to hear your thoughts on it and if you believe that it was a good portrayal of motherhood/mental health.