Psychosis of pregnancy

Psychosis of pregnancy

Psychosis of pregnancy, postpartum and lactation period. Psychosis during pregnancy is a rare phenomenon, psychosis of the postpartum period is found 10 times more often than in any other period of life (especially on the 1st and 2nd postnatal week)
– there are, above all, depressive, as well as schizophrenia-like and schizoaffective pictures of symptoms
– the prognosis is usually favorable – treatment: depending on the prevailing clinical picture – antidepressants or antipsychotics

Induced delirium (folie a deux, “induced insanity”)
– taking on the delusion of one of the patients living in the immediate environment, with whom there is a close emotional connection. As a rule, the mental illness of such a patient is schizophrenia.
– delusions can disappear after parting with this patient. The content of such representations are often delusions of persecution and delusions of grandeur.

Differential diagnosis: first of all, schizophrenia, schizoaffective psychosis and affective psychosis.

Treatment of delusional and psychotic disorders of inorganic genesis is carried out by means of neuroleptics, habitat change and supportive psychotherapy.

The course of delusional and psychotic disorders of inorganic origin is either short-term, with a good response to therapy and a favorable prognosis, or long-term, fluctuating, with a tendency to chronicity.

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