Article first published online: 12 JUL 2013
© 2013 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 145–150, July 2013
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Postpartum psychosis. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2013;15:145–50., , .
- Issue published online: 12 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 12 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 2 AUG 2011
- postpartum psychosis;
- puerperal psychosis;
- mood disorders;
- bipolar disorder
- Postpartum psychosis is a severe mental illness with a dramatic onset shortly after childbirth.
- All women should be screened antenatally for the known risk factors.
- Women with bipolar disorder have at least a 1 in 4 risk and need close contact and review during the perinatal period even if they are well.
- Prompt recognition of the illness and rapid institution of treatment are of vital importance.
- To recognise women at high risk for severe postpartum mental illness.
- To recognise and appreciate the severity of postpartum psychosis and the need for prompt assessment and treatment.
- Who should ultimately make decisions about taking medications in pregnancy – the clinician or the woman and her family?
- What advice should a woman at high risk of postpartum psychosis be given if she is considering pregnancy?