Hi all, I just want to start a post about PP and the menopause, to see if anybody on here has any knowledge or experience that they can share. I had PP 11 years ago with my first baby, and postnatal depression after my second 7 years ago. The final time I saw my perinatal psychiatrist she told me that I'd be unlikely to have another psychotic/manic episode if I had no more children, but that I could be at risk of it during the menopause. I guess that's because PP is somehow related to hormone imbalance? At the time I put that to the back of my mind, but now I'm approaching my mid 40s I worry about it a bit. It particularly concerns me because my Mum developed psychotic depression after having a hysterectomy, which I also assume may relate to hormones (although I don't think any professional ever said so.) The other thing is, an older friend enlightened me to a thing called the "perimenopause", which seems to be about hormone changes in the years leading up to menopause, and she thought that it had made her quite depressed.
It's not that I'm obsessively worried about this, but I know from planning a second child that being forewarned of my mental health risks gave me an opportunity to prepare and develop a preventative plan. Can anyone share any experience that might help me to prepare in some way? Or maybe someone knows something that will reassure me that the risk isn't as high as I'm thinking it could be?