Hello. I am new to this site which I have joined as my daughter (aged 22) suffers from PP. She is currently in a mental health hospital for the third or fourth time. I have done lots of research on PP looking for similar stories to my daughter. By the looks of it her PP developed quite late after birth and very suddenly without showing any symptoms except tiredness (she went out to the shops one day and hours later I got a phonecall telling me she had been admitted to a mental health ward after an episode in the shop) - my grandson was 10 months old. He is now 2 1/2 and she has still not fully recovered. She has had several medication changes and each time it is decided to do this she is admitted to hospital again which is extremely upsetting for all of us around her particularly her partner and son.
When she was first diagnosed she and my grandson still lived with me in our family home and I feel very guilty that I did not notice that something was wrong although I helped her as much as possible and tried to make life as easy as I could for her remembering how much work a new baby is!
Is it typical for PP to affect someone for this long? I am hoping that it is just a case of getting her medication right. She has been in hospital for 2 weeks so far and she appears to be improving (she tells us that the voices are getting quieter and she is beginning to recognise that they are not real) which she has never said before. Until recently she had not accepted that there was anything wrong with her but now she is speaking up to her CPN etc. despite the risk that she will be hospitalised again.
I would appreciate anybody's opinion on this and feel free to ask for more info.