The most severe type of PMAD is postpartum psychosis. It’s considered a psychiatric emergency since it puts women at an increased risk of suicide and harming their infant.
Get help immediately if you’re having any violent thoughts toward yourself or your child. Other signs of postpartum psychosis to look out for, include:
- Rapid mood swings
- Poor judgment
- Delusions of infant death
- Auditory hallucinations
- Extreme agitation
Moms with postpartum psychosis must receive immediate treatment with antipsychotic drugs and mood stabilizers. If the condition doesn’t improve with medication, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is often recommended.
If the baby blues are getting you down, call your health care provider today and begin your journey to better and brighter days.