Postpartum Psychosis and Postpartum Depression- Know The Difference, It May Save Your Life

by | May 9, 2018

We’ve all heard about postpartum depression, but whats the difference between postpartum psychosis and postpartum depression?

The new movie Tully is creating quite a storm, showing the narrative of one woman’s struggles with postpartum struggles, and it has opened the stage, for more women to come forward and discuss the terrifying mental health associated with postpartum psychosis.

This rare, and the sometimes deadly condition affects one out of a thousand women, so it is rare, and a wholly different condition than postpartum depression, which is much more common. Many psychologists believe that postpartum psychosis could be a postbirth episode of bipolar disorder, however, one doesn’t have to have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder previously in order to experience postpartum psychosis. Given the same name, it will come as no surprise, that women suffering from postpartum psychosis will experience the same highs and lows as someone with bipolar disorder.


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Women are prone to suicidal thoughts or feelings, and it can extend to harming their own babies and families – with their gut feeling that it is the morally right thing to do. women have reported hearing voices, seeing hallucinations and becoming obsessed with the slightest of things.

It is usually triggered within the first two weeks after giving birth. One report describes a case study in which a mother with postpartum psychosis experienced hallucinations of taking her newborn baby into her arms and stepping in front of a subway train.


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