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Postpartum psychosis

Di Florio, Arianna, Smith, Sue and Jones, Ian Richard 2013. Postpartum psychosis. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 15 (3) , pp. 145-150. 10.1111/tog.12041

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Key content •Postpartum psychosis is a severe mental illness with a dramatic onset shortly after childbirth. •All women should be screened antenatally for the known risk factors. •Women with bipolar disorder have at least a 1 in 4 risk and need close contact and review during the perinatal period even if they are well. •Prompt recognition of the illness and rapid institution of treatment are of vital importance. Learning objectives •To recognise women at high risk for severe postpartum mental illness. •To recognise and appreciate the severity of postpartum psychosis and the need for prompt assessment and treatment. Ethical issues •Who should ultimately make decisions about taking medications in pregnancy – the clinician or the woman and her family? •What advice should a woman at high risk of postpartum psychosis be given if she is considering pregnancy?

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1467-2561
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2017 03:01

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