Postpartum psychosis (also known as puerperal psychosis or postnatal psychosis) is a serious mental illness which occurs in a few women in the days or weeks following childbirth. It is extremely important to diagnose and treat it early, as it is a severe illness which puts both the mother and the new baby at risk.
Childbirth and pregnancy come with a lot of stress for women both physically and emotionally due to the life growing within.
Postpartum psychosis in women is a kind of depression that affects women after childbirth, it usually occurs within a year after childbirth, mostly after three weeks.
Postpartum depression does not only happen to women because they have given birth for the first time, it can happen even after the birth of a tenth child.
Symptoms differ from woman to woman but the most common symptoms include: inability to take care of a child, deep feeling of sadness and despair, too much sleep, loss of interest in sex, food, self-care and other things, trouble with focusing or learning, etc.
Postpartum psychosis affects 15% of women and most times due to cultural reasons or ignorance, it is ignored.
Postpartum psychosis is not something to be toyed with, check up on women who had gone through childbirth for symptoms. When you notice this symptom in you or anyone else, seek help.