Katie Monarch, a licensed clinical social worker, shares if a woman with postpartum psychosis is likely to harm herself or her family.
Katie L. Monarch:
I would say that the determining factor is, “If I am having a thought, whatever it may be, I may even have the thought, ‘I am going to take my baby, drop my baby off at the church. I am giving my baby up for adoption,’ and my husband may be saying, ‘What are you talking about? You are not going to do that,’ and I actually go to the church and hand the baby over to somebody at the church.” That would be an example of postpartum psychosis as well.
So it doesn’t have to have a harming factor in it. It is a thought that isn’t accurate that I follow through with.
About Katie L. Monarch, L.C.S.W.:
Katie Monarch is the Project Director for the Post Partum Depression program at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, where she helped design an education-focused facility. At this hospital all new mothers are screened for postpartum depression through the Bridges for Newborns program using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS).