Postpartum Psychosis

1070 WordsJun 23, 20185 Pages
You carry it with you for nine months. After those nine months, what you produced is a beautiful baby. Though you are happy with the thought of spending the next eighteen years watching this tiny person grow, you can’t help but feel like something is missing. There are many different types of depression in the world. The feeling of emptiness as described above could contribute to the diagnosis of postpartum depression. After having depression for several weeks, some mothers experience the sister disorder - psychosis. Psychiatrist Leslie Tam states that the term postpartum distress (PPD) is just an umbrella term for postpartum mental disorders. Subjects under this category are the well know baby blues (depression), anxiety, and in worst…show more content…
These hormones can cause a wide range of symptoms. Most the time, mothers with postpartum psychosis do not have control of their own emotions, making them very harmful to themselves and to others. Psychology Today writer Mark Levy explains that though PPD is serious, the severity of this type of psychosis has a “predominant symptom which is a "break" with reality-a loss of the ability to discern what is real from what is not” (Levy, 2002). Mothers with psychosis may hear voices, have hallucinations or delusions. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research have determined that Postpartum women with obsessional thoughts have been noted to have aggressive obsessions to harm their infants (Coates, 2004). Osvaldo Mejia, who had a personal experience with this illness involving his wife, explains his encounter: “She complained that she was tired but could not sleep and ate little. She told him she was "scared" but could not explain why” (Black, 2013). Soon after, Mejia realized that his wife must have been suffering from postpartum psychosis when he found his nine-month-old baby boy stabbed in his crib. Many people think that psychosis and bipolar disorder are connected in some ways. Many research has proven that there might be a relationship between the two disorders, and even some misdiagnoses. To date, research on bipolar disorder and postpartum illness
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