Does a new mother have symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis?
One or two in a thousand new mothers (4,000 – 8,000 women each year) will develop postpartum psychosis, a very serious illness that needs quick intervention, usually including hospitalization. One of the biggest risk factors for postpartum psychosis is previously diagnosed or family hisotry of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. If you already have bipolar disorder you should be aware, and so should your loved ones, that you have a better-than-average chance of having postpartum depression or psychosis. Also, women who have already experienced postpartum depression or psychosis have a 20-50% chance of having it again at future births. Take this quick assessment to learn more about the symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis and help you determine whether or not you might be suffering from it.