Postpartum psychosis is thought to affect one women in 1,000 who gave birth. The symptoms (hallucinations and delusions) usually occur within the first two weeks. It is a much more serious mental health condition than postnatal deprssion and requires immediate actions. The mother might need to be admitted to a hospital for treatment.
An episode of postpartum psychosis is sometimes followed by period of depression, anxiety and low confidence. It might take a while to come to terms with what happened.
Here is an insightful article written by a mother who shared her experience.
‘When all eyes are on a beautiful baby, too often we forget to look at the mother’.