Experiencing psychosis during or after pregnancy can feel isolating and scary. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in this experience. Psychosis post-pregnancy can happen, and it’s often not permanent.
Here are a few ways to get help when you’re dealing with postpartum psychosis.
How Do I Know I’m Experiencing Post-Partum Psychosis?
Post-partum psychosis can manifest in a variety of symptoms. It can happen directly after giving birth or months after. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Hallucinations – Seeing or hearing something that others do not see or hear
- Sadness – Frequent sadness that doesn’t seem to go away
- Mood Swings – Mood that changes rapidly from anger, sadness, fear, and intense happiness
- Paranoia – Feeling that someone or something is out to get you or looking over your shoulder often
- Delusions – Believing something about yourself or others that seem far from reality
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or have been told that you have been experiencing symptoms such as these, you’ll want to follow the tips below to get help. Remember, there’s no shame in asking for help.
Ways to Get Help for Post-Partum Psychosis
Here are some of the most common ways to get help for post-partum psychosis.
Tell Someone You Love
If you have someone close to your in your life that you usually go to for emotional support, you’ll want to reach out to this person. Let them know what you’re experiencing and that you think it may be post-partum psychosis.
Your loved one can help you determine which thoughts may be real and which may not be. They may be able to reassure you about your paranoia and feelings of sadness. However, only a true professional can deal with mental health emergencies. If you feel that this is an emergency, go on to the next step.
Seek Help From an Experienced Post-Partum Therapist
Therapists experienced in post-partum mental health care are available in every city. You can find them online for teletherapy or through traditional talk therapy in your town. Make sure to search for “therapists for post-partum psychosis or depression” in your area.
You may have to meet with a few therapists before finding one you connect with. It’s okay to not find your match right away. Always be upfront about your desires for a therapeutic relationship and what you’d like to accomplish. The right therapist will be able to meet those needs within reason.
Ask for Help When You Need It
If you are in a relationship, ask your partner for assistance caring for your baby or other children. It may be challenging to give the proper time and attention to both yourself and your child when dealing with post-partum psychosis.
Come up with a system with your partner or supportive family members to get some time to go to your appointments, take a shower, and take care of professional pursuits. If you’re a single parent, consider daycare for your baby while you’re getting treatment. Ask for help from friends and family if you have them in your life.
There are medications and treatments available for post-partum psychosis and depression. Some medications are approved to take while breastfeeding. Ask your therapist or psychiatrist for more information on a treatment that works for you.
Post-partum psychosis can be terrifying. However, you’re not alone. Support methods such as therapy, medication, and asking for help are available to you. You can also join online communities of mothers who have gone through the same thing.
About the Author
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.