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Have you or anyone you know had postpartum psychosis?

One or two in a thousand may not sound like many until you know that in 2007 there were just over 4.1 million births in the United States. This translates to 4,100 to 8,200 women who experience postpartum psychosis per year. Given the rates of suicide and infanticide related to postpartum psychosis, this estimates at risk over 300 infants killed and more than 400 mothers committing suicide because of this illness each year in the US alone.Do you think someone some where needs to start a foundation for this, if there is not one already?


Asked by Anonymous at 8:48 AM on Dec. 22, 2008 in Health

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  • There are several foundations scattered across the country though most are for PPD, not just for PPP. And yes, I think most women have no clue how horrible PPD is and most women who have PPD have no clue how truly hellish PPP is. Many, many women are still told "oh, just snap out it" and many never seek help because they don't realize something has gone haywired in their brains - they simply think they are bad mothers. I wish more doctor's offices made PPD screening mandatory and did more than a quick "oh you're fine" exam at 6 weeks.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:25 PM on Dec. 22, 2008

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