Signs of Postpartum Psychosis

Postpartum psychosis is a rare disorder that occurs in 1 in 1,000 women in the postpartum period. It usually occurs within two to three weeks after childbirth. Symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations (seeing objects that aren’t really there)
  • Delusions
  • Severe insomnia
  • No interest in eating
  • Extreme anxiety and agitation
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts or gestures
  • Lack of attention to personal hygiene

If you experience any of these symptoms, please go to the emergency room as soon as possible. Postpartum psychosis is a severe medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention. When left untreated, this disorder can have tragic results.