Postpartum Psychosis is Real

Postpartum Psychosis is Real

I started feeling the symptoms of postpartum psychosis few months after the birth of my first child. I didn't realize it on time, but I knew what I felt was way beyond baby blues.

16 Aug, 2022

I started feeling the symptoms of postpartum psychosis few months after the birth of my first child. I didn't realize it on time, but I knew what I felt was way beyond baby blues. I was starting to lose my mind. At some point I thought my husband was plotting to kill me. I had negative and suicidal thoughts. I could have sworn that all my hallucinations (both visual and auditory) were real. I once suffered from major depression for years after I lost my mum to suicide, so I finally recognized the signs of a failing mental health. I dragged myself to the hospital and explained everything. I was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. A severe form of post partum depression. I was placed on antidepressants and therapy. After a while, I began to feel better. Everything changed when I became pregnant again. I had to stop using my drugs. I was able to recognize the signs sooner and I sought help immediately. Within few weeks of drugs and therapy, I was able to turn my life around. I am forever grateful for the support of my husband, friends and siblings who stood with me during this difficult time.

Your mental health is as important as your physical health. It is important you pay close attention to both when you are pregnant and even after childbirth. If you notice a decline in your mental health after childbirth, seek help. It might be more than baby blues.

 

Arya Patel

Punjab, India