Postpartum psychosis (puerperal psychosis or postnatal psychosis) is a serious mental health illness that can affect a woman soon after she’s given birth.
If you have postpartum psychosis you might:
It can be a frightening experience for you and your partner, friends and family.
If you have bipolar disorder, or you’ve had postpartum psychosis before, it’s important for your partner or family members to know what the symptoms are. They may be ones who notice them first.
Postpartum psychosis is a psychiatric emergency and you should seek help as quickly as possible.
If you or your partner has any of these thoughts:
If you or your partner needs urgent help, phone 999 for an ambulance.
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6 November 2023