PP Symptoms

Postpartum Psychosis (PP) is a psychiatric emergency and the more women that get early treatment, the more lives are saved.

That being said, please be reassured that PP is VERY treatable and that women do recover well from PP.

We list the common symptoms for Post Natal Illness / Depression here. However, if yourself, a family member or friend are experiencing any of the below symptoms, please contact your GP, Midwife or Health Visitor immediately for help and advice, as you may be suffering from PP:

  • Feeling ‘high’, ‘manic’
  • Having an ‘abundance of energy’
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Racing thoughts
  • Severe confusion
  • Very restless and agitated
  • Losing inhibitions
  • Not being able to sleep since the baby was born (even when the baby is sleeping)
  • Out of character behaviour
  • Feeling paranoid
  • Suspicious
  • Believing things that other people don’t. For example, believing your baby is possessed, that cameras are hidden in your home, believing you have died etc
  • Seeing, hearing or tasting things that other people can’t.

Please have a look at the following links for more information on PP:

Leaflet from Royal College of Psychiatrists

Action on Postpartum Psychosis Network