The risk of a woman developing Puerperal Psychosis (otherwise known as Postpartum Psychosis) is around 1 in 500. And whilst there are many symptoms that may occur, they can often spiral quite rapidly, sometimes within a few hours. You can have mood swing, with escalated highs and extreme lows, can often experience psychotic symptoms and may believe things that are not true (delusions) or see or hear things that are not there (hallucinations). Women can behave out of character, can suddenly feel energetic, and become quite talkative. However, these are just some of the symptoms. For further information on Postpartum Psychosis, please visit the Actions on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) website.

The illness always needs medical help and support and if you, or someone close to you develops Postpartum Psychosis, you should seek urgent medical help.