Postpartum psychosis affects 1 to 2 per 1000 women after childbirth.  About 40% of women who experience postpartum psychosis do not have a history of psychiatric illness; however, women with bipolar disorder or a history of postpartum psychosis are at particularly high risk.  While we know that childbirth is a potent trigger of severe psychiatric illness, the precise mechanisms by which postpartum psychosis occurs are poorly understood.

This week’s Essential Read is a review article on postpartum psychosis from leading researchers at the University of Worcester and Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.  The article reviews the etiology and potential triggering factors of postpartum psychosis.  

Perry A, Gordon-Smith K, Jones L, Jones I.  Phenomenology, Epidemiology and Aetiology of Postpartum Psychosis: A Review.  Brain Sci. 2021 Jan 4;11(1):47. 

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