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Information and support needs during recovery from postpartum psychosis

Heron, Jessica, Gilbert, Naomi, Dolman, Clare, Shah, Sonal, Beare, Ines, Dearden, Sarah, Muckelroy, Nicola, Jones, Ian Richard ORCID: and Ives, Jonathan 2012. Information and support needs during recovery from postpartum psychosis. Archives of Women's Mental Health 15 (3) , pp. 155-165. 10.1007/s00737-012-0267-1

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Postpartum Psychosis (PP) is a severe and debilitating psychiatric illness with acute onset in the days following childbirth. Recovering from an episode can be a long and difficult process. The aim of this study was to gain an understanding of the difficulties faced by recovering women and to inform the planning of post-discharge information and support services. A study was designed collaboratively by service user and academic researchers. Women with experience of PP were trained in qualitative research methodology. Service user researchers (SURs) led in-depth interviews into women’s experiences of recovery. PP is a life-changing experience that challenges women’s sense of personal and social identity. Recovery themes are organised around ruminating and rationalising, rebuilding social confidence, gaining appropriate health service support, the facilitation of family functioning, obtaining appropriate information, and understanding that recovery will take time. Women suffering from PP must be adequately supported following discharge from psychiatric hospital if we are to address maternal suicide rates. We describe a successful collaboration between academics and service users exploring the needs of women and their families.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postpartum psychosis; Puerperal psychosis; Perinatal psychiatry; Recovery; Information; Family; Services
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1434-1816
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:33

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