Post partum Psychosis is also known as Puerperal Psychosis is a mental disorder which can occur after childbirth, anytime during the first trimester. It is when mothers can’t distinguish fantasy from reality. This disorder is more common to first time mothers. Most of the patients are aware they are experiencing abnormalities but only few care to consult health care providers.
Patients may or may not experience symptoms such as overexcitement, they also tend to talk too much which it doesn’t normally do, they also see and hear things which normal persons can’t see and hear. Lack of focus, word salad or they jumble words which are not related, they also tend to be violent at times due to extreme mood swings, they also feel confused at times, and may experience delusion of grandeur.
Possible mothers at risk are those who have a history of psychological disorders, particularly, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Mothers who experienced Post Partum Psychosis after their first pregnancy have the greater chance of having the same disorder with their future pregnancies./