What are the risk factors for postpartum mood disorder with psychotic features?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Postpartum mood disorder (major depressive or manic) episodes with psychotic features appear to occur in from 1 in 500 to 1 in 1000 deliveries. The risk is particularly increased for women with prior postpartum mood episodes but is also elevated for those with a prior history of a depressive or bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder. Women who have had a postpartum episode with psychotic features have a risk of recurrence between 30-50% for subsequent deliveries. [2]


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