Postpartum psychosis

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What is postpartum psychosis?

Postpartum psychosis occurs when the mother has a sudden onset of psychotic symptoms soon after childbirth. It is characterized by depressed or elated mood, disorganized behavior, mood lability, and delusions and hallucinations. In extreme cases, patients are at risk for suicide and/or infanticide.

Common symptoms reported by people with postpartum psychosis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with postpartum psychosis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
postpartum psychosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with postpartum psychosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with postpartum psychosis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Perceived effectiveness
for postpartum psychosis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
postpartum psychosis (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
hypomania
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Dizziness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Latuda)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with postpartum psychosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has postpartum psychosis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 5
30s 5
40s 5
50s 1
60s 3
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 10
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 1
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 9
Not Diagnosed 4

These charts show data from postpartum psychosis patients who have completed their condition history
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