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Psychosis and covid 19 advice

LoganJ12
LoganJ12

Hi everyone

My daughter is recovering from postpartum psychosis. She is married and lives with her husband and 2 children however she relies on me daily. I spend everyday at her house and go home to sleep. She still has voices which are still a worry.

I am worried After the announcement made by Boris johnson last night. Would she e classed as vulnerable and would I still be able to see her every day? Does anyone know?

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Hannah_at_APP
Hannah_at_APPAdministrator

Hi LoganJ12, it's such a worrying time isn't it - I'm sorry to hear that you are feeling this way after the latest announcements. I'm sure it's an important support for your daughter to have you there whilst she recovers from PP. Can I ask what other support she has, will her husband be at home with her and does she have perinatal or other mental health services she is still under the care of? I don't know the answer to your question about whether she would be classed as vulnerable - but perhaps you would be able to ask those involved in her care and also what she would like you to do? APP has also produced some information about PP treatment and recovery on this link: app-network.org/news-events... which I hope might be helpful for you all at this uncertain time. Take care, xx

Hi

Thanks. And yes she has perinatal support. They are not visiting now though just doing phone conversations. Her husband is home but doesn’t understand her psychosis( he needs support too)

I have also emailed the mental health team. Thanks

Stay safe everyone

Lilybeth
LilybethVolunteer

Hello LoganJ12

What an amazing mum you are .... congratulations on the birth of your grandchild :) You are a great support to your daughter but must be exhausted.

I had PP many years ago and it did take a while for voices to fade during my recovery. It is a frightening time for your daughter as the voices are all very real and frightening. I think medication was the key for me as eventually one was found which helped them to fade.

I hope the perinatal support is helpful, even though over the phone at the moment. I'm not sure if you have seen the PP Insider Guides at app-network.org/what-is-pp/... "Recovery after Postpartum Psychosis" and there is also "Postpartum Psychosis : A Guide for Partners" which might be helpful for her husband to read.

I'm sorry I don't know the answer to your question but I'm sure as you have emailed the care team they will have good advice for you. It is a very worrying time coming to terms with PP and recovery but it is a temporary and very treatable illness.

Take care and remember to look after yourself too. 🌻

Hi Logan,I had PP and my mum was around almost everyday for the first 6months of my recovery either visiting me in hospital daily or living with us most days in the first few months of my recovery when I came home, so I can understand you feeling very worried. Does she have a garden where you could maintain staying 2 metres apart? Perhaps if she could see you that would help.

Take care of yourself x

Dear LoganJ12,

I am so very sorry your daughter is so unwell. This dreadful illness alone is enough to bear without the added worry that is consuming our world at present.

Whilst my daughter was unwell with ppp, I too spent most of my time supporting her and her family. Your daughter's husband must be feeling immense pressure and I imagine your daily help is invaluable.

In uncertain times like this we need to keep our loved ones as safe as possible. If there is in your opinion as her mother a vulnerability, I would strongly argue that case.

Mental health is hugely impacted with the present situation and anything we can do to help the vulnerable will ease their burden.

With my love and wishing you and your family well. Stay safe.

4mila xx

First it’s nice that you help your daughter out. I think so long as you, your daughter and the kids don’t go anywhere, it should be ok....if you’ve been going over everyday you are already exposed to to same thing. But I don’t know your rules, I’m in California. I stay away from my parents because both are over 65 and I don’t want to get them sick.

Hello LoganJ12,

I am so sorry that your daughter is suffering in such a way. My daughter had

Postpartum Psychosis too, it isn't easy to see your daughter suffer in such a

way is it. I am sorry I do not have an answer to your question about current

restrictions in these even more difficult times for you.

You have had some great replies from the amazing Mums on the forum.

I just wanted to say that my daughter did get well and to send you a virtual

hug.

Thinking if you.

Best wishes

judith x

Pikorua
PikoruaVolunteer

Dear Logan,

what a wonderful mum you are!

There are many unanswered questions about mental health issues in combination with Covid 19 & I just know that it is a very anxious time for everybody involved.

I have had PPP in 2020, but live with anxiety issues, because of Bipolar. It is so important to be together with the once you love. If I think about the elderly, some have formed groups of 2 or 3 people and moved together into one accommodation. I wonder whether that could be an option for you and your daughter. I am not sure about your circumstances nor do I know about your local regulations with regards to the crisis.

Social contact is so important when feeling poorly, but obviously health and safety is priority at the moment. How about virtual contact, or just living together????

Wishing you well, take good care

x

Hello, how is your daughter today? I understand it must be so difficult, especially when taking government guidelines into account at this present time.

I'd try and seek some further advice on the matter. Possibly from a GP or healthcare professional?

How are you doing? I hope you also have some form of emotional support during this time?

Please don't hesitate to ask for further help and support on this forum. That's what we are here for!

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