How is postpartum psychosis treated?

Updated: Oct 11, 2019
  • Author: Saju Joy, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Puerperal psychosis is a psychiatric emergency that typically requires inpatient treatment. [20, 58, 65] Most patients with postpartum psychosis have bipolar disorder. Acute treatment includes a mood stabilizer (eg, lithium, valproic acid, carbamazepine) in combination with antipsychotic medications and benzodiazepines. [20]

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) (often bilateral) is well tolerated and rapidly effective. [57]


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