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Postpartum psychosis is a severe mental illness that develops within the first week after delivery. It is important that women seek immediate help to avoid hurting themselves, others or their baby. 

Symptoms include: 

  • Delusions and hallucinations 
  • Mania  
  • Paranoia 
  • Confusion  
  • Postpartum psychosis should be treated as a medical emergency 
  • If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of postpartum psychosis seek immediate help and call 911 
  • Postpartum psychosis can happen to anyone, however, there are some factors that can increase the likelihood: 
  • History of bipolar disorder 
  • History of postpartum psychosis in previous pregnancy 
  • Family history of postpartum psychosis/bipolar disorder 
  • Being a teen mother/first time mother 

For more information on postpartum psychosis, visit https://www.verywellfamily.com/postpartum-psychosis-4770119 

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