How serious can it be?

Postpartum psychosis is a serious mental illness that should be treated as a medical emergency.

If not treated immediately, the postpartum psychosis can get worse rapidly.

The illness could cause her to neglect or harm her baby or harm herself.

She may not realise she is ill, and it may be up to her partner, family or friends to spot the warning signs and take action see What should I do if I think someone may have developed postpartum psychosis? '.

The majority of women with postpartum psychosis make a full recovery, and often very quickly provided they receive the right treatment.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018