Hello all, thanks very much for having this resource in place it's a huge help.
I actually joined healthunlocked for help on a different issue but I'm looking for information on Postpartum Psychosis, I hope this is an ok place to post my query as it's a bit different to the posts I have read here so far. Sorry id it's a long post.
My wife and I have started to talk about trying for a baby (first baby).
My wife has had two episodes of Psychosis, one last year & one 8 years ago.
Although they were terribly difficult times, I feel we were lucky in some ways as my wife recovered relatively quickly. 8 years ago she took meds for 3/4 days and then improved quite rapidly and was in hospital less than a week (This was in Ireland) and after 10 days/2 weeks was in my eyes fully recovered.
After the more recent episode she took meds for a week then refused to carry on taking them, which I was very worried by she got better again fairly quickly, but more like 3-4 weeks from episode to recovery. We are in the UK now and I found the help from the mental health support team very good, although it was more a stain for me this time as we are living abroad and don't have family support (My mother-in-law was a major support during the first psychosis). My wife was at home the whole time. One nurse wanted to admit her but I really pleaded for this not to happen and thankfully it didn't.
My wife's father had a psychiatric Illness so I've always known these issues were possible and I wouldn't change anything about her, I loved her more after these episodes than ever.
I should add that we believe the episodes were at least partially triggered by smoking cannabis. My wife went stopped smoking cannabis after the first episode but despite my protests started smoking a bit again last year (I think due to lockdown boredom as she couldn't work during lockdown 1/2). I obviously feel stupid for not trying harder to get her not to use drugs again but at the end of the day she's her own person and you get complacent after nearly 8 years. I'm confident she will never use drugs again.
So I guess I just want us not to bury our heads in the sand about the possibly of Postpartum Psychosis happening, we have talked about it but naturally this is very difficult for my wife and I don't want her to feel that her previous mental health issues are stopping us from having a baby.
I've looked for this online so there's probably no easy answer but it'd be good to know that chances of Postpartum Psychosis happening for us (based on some things I've read it may be 50/50).
Baring this in mind it would be helpful to know how can we prepare (If there is any way to prepare).
And although this mind sound harsh I also have to wonder is it selfish on us to want to bring a baby into a situation where this might happen.
If anyone has been in a similar position I'd be very grateful of any replies. Thanks