What's the outlook for someone with postpartum psychosis?

With treatment, the vast majority of women with postpartum psychosis start to feel better very quickly.

Some mothers have difficulty bonding with their baby after an episode of postpartum psychosis, but this doesn't usually last long. With support from family, friends and the mental health team, most women go on to have very good relationship with their child.

About half of women who have postpartum psychosis will go on to have another episode in the future not necessarily after having another child. In these cases, they should be able to get help quickly. With appropriate treatment, this risk can be reduced.

An episode of postpartum psychosis is sometimes followed by period of depression, anxiety and low confidence. It might take a while to come to terms with what happened.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018