Postpartum Psychosis

The onset of postpartum psychosis is often sudden and the most severe symptoms occur within the first couple of weeks postpartum. It occurs in approximately .1 to 2 percent of births.

Common symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations (seeing/hearing things that aren’t there)
  • Delusions (odd beliefs, that are not consistent with reality)
  • Irritability
  • Hyperactivity
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Severe mood swings