I am really hoping to connect with others who have suffered PP in the 80's and would be now approaching or have gone through the menopause to share experiences. My brief 26 year history is;
1988 Plural Psychosis – treated in hospital for 8 weeks with hariparadol. I had no previous mental health problems.
1997 Child 2 – No problems
1999 Child 3 – Unstable mood and stress relating to marriage. No treatment.
2002 Manic Episode - treated at home with hariparadol followed by treatment for depression. Bi Polar mentioned but not diagnosed. This was during a time that I was suffering from a badly broken leg and going through a divorce.
2013 August – Manic episode sectioned and diagnosed with Bi Polar – treated with olazapine, stayed in hospital for 3 weeks. Drugs reduced gradually until April 2014.
2014 November – Very Stressed Episode (not completely manic this time) sectioned again. Section Appealed and Revoked by Mental Health Tribunal. Treated with olazapine and a cocktail of other drugs. Recommendation is now 26 years later is to take a mood stabiliser probably for life. I have started taking Depekote but have developed anxiety so also taking Quitipien. At present sitting out a very low mood.
I know I am very lucky as I have a great family and very supportive friends, I have a professional career, concerned now for the future and would love to hear posts from others of their journeys. Would also like links to any long term research studies on this topic.