Postpartum Psychosis Specialist

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Women's & Reproductive Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Sexual Health
In-Person care in Bethesda, MD
Telehealth appointments in Maryland, Virginia, DC,
Florida and Michigan

Postpartum Psychosis, although uncommon compared to postpartum depression or anxiety, presents a serious concern, occurring in approximately 1 to 2 out of every 1,000 deliveries, which equates to approximately 0.1% to 0.2% of births. Typically emerging within the first two weeks after childbirth, this condition requires urgent and immediate attention, often necessitating brief hospitalization. At WCWCW, our reproductive psychiatrists collaborate closely with your Ob/Gyn and family to ensure you receive the necessary help during this critical time.

Postpartum Psychosis Q & A

Characterized by severe symptoms, Postpartum Psychosis is a temporary and treatable condition, albeit requiring urgent intervention. If you suspect that you or someone you know may be experiencing this illness, it’s crucial to understand that it’s not your fault, and you are not to blame. Seeking immediate medical assistance is paramount. Contact your doctor, WCWCW, or an emergency crisis hotline without delay to ensure prompt intervention.

The signs and symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis include confusion, obsessive thoughts about the baby, hallucinations, delusions, reduced need for sleep, heightened energy and restlessness, rapid mood swings, paranoia, and dangerous thoughts or behaviors. While the majority of women affected do not harm themselves or others, the risk is still present due to the nature of the illness, which often involves distorted thinking and irrational judgment.

Treatment for Postpartum Psychosis typically involves immediate hospitalization and a combination of medications tailored to manage the symptoms effectively. This may include antipsychotic medications, mood stabilizers, and benzodiazepines. Rest assured that our dedicated team at WCWCW will work closely with your Ob/Gyn to ensure you receive the comprehensive and timely care required during this critical period. Prioritizing your safety, we urge you to contact WCWCW promptly if you suspect you or someone you know may be experiencing symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis.

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