Postpartum Psychosis


One to two of every thousand women will experience a more serious disorder know as postpartum psychosis.

Symptoms may include:

  • severe or rapid mood swings
  • agitation or hyperactivity
  • irrational thoughts
  • incoherent statements
  • hallucinations
  • inability to care for self or baby
  • thoughts of harming self or baby
  • losing touch with reality
  • delirium or mania

The mother’s condition can change rapidly. One moment things seem normal, and the next moment the mother is not acting like herself. Postpartum psychosis is truly an emergency and requires immediate care. If you or someone you know is suffering from Postpartum Psychosis, please call our support line at 805-541-3367 or our hotline at 805.783.0607 (for long distance 800.783.0607).


Some women with postpartum emotional disorders recover without incident. Many others need professional help. Postpartum emotional problems are physical and real. A woman can not “pull herself out of it” any more than she can pull herself out of a heart attack.

A woman experiencing any of these symptoms can call our Support Line 805-541-3367 for free confidential information and referrals. All the symptoms, from the mildest to the most severe are temporary and treatable. Treatment varies, depending on the severity of the symptoms. For more information visit our Resources page.

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