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Postpartum psychosis: a study of indoor cases in a general hospital psychiatric clinic

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In a prospective study, 144 consecutive indoor cases of puerperal psychosis were assessed. Their mean age was 24.6 years. A past and a family history of psychosis was present in 12 cases each. According to RDC criteria, a majority of the patients had unspecified functional psychosis. A majority of the cases developed psychosis after the birth of a first child. Puerperal psychosis showed a positive correlation with the birth of a female child. Most of these cases developed psychiatric illness in the first 2 weeks after delivery. When the prevalence of symptoms in the study group was compared with the age‐and disease‐matched nonpuerperal controls, several differences were statistically significant.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Smt. Sucheta Kriplani Hospital, New Delhi, India

Publication date: June 1, 1990


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