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A Narratology of Postpartum Psychosis in an Orthodox Jewish Woman


  • Conflict of Interest Statement
  • The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest. No external or intramural funding was received.



The purpose of this study was to understand the experience of postpartum psychosis in an Orthodox Jewish woman.

Design and Methods

A case-based narratology using an unstructured interview was conducted to facilitate the telling of her story.


While the nurses were unable to recognize her symptoms in the hospital, her family members were also unable to recognize escalating symptoms once she returned home, until she became a danger to herself.

Practice Implications

Better recognition of symptoms, empathetic connections, cultural appreciation of faith-based rituals and their effect on patient isolation, and education of families and nursing staff may be vital components to successful recovery from postpartum psychosis.