Postpartum psychosis (PPP) is a rare but serious psychiatric illness, occurring in 1 to 2 per 1000 women in the weeks. Because postpartum psychosis is so rare, we do not have specific guidelines regarding [...]
Because postpartum psychosis is a relatively rare event, we do not have as much information on this illness as we have on postpartum depression. In addition, most of the literature we have on postpartum psychosis [...]
It is well-established that women with a history of bipolar disorder or postpartum psychosis are at extremely high risk of postpartum psychiatric illness. Several studies have indicated that lithium prophylaxis can dramatically reduce the risk of postpartum relapse; however, the studies have varied in terms of the timing of prophylaxis, with some initiating treatment during pregnancy and others initiating treatment immediately after delivery. A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry gives more information on the clinical management of these high risk populations.