Differentiation and Clinical Implications of Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Psychosis
Shelley Doucet, Cindy-Lee Dennis, Nicole Letourneau, and Emma Robertson Blackmore
Postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis are serious mood disorders encountered by nurses working in a variety of settings. Postpartum depression refers to a nonpsychotic depressive episode, while postpartum psychosis refers to a manic or affective psychotic episode linked temporally with childbirth. The nursing profession plays a crucial role in the early identification and treatment of these postpartum mood disorders. This article explains the classification, clinical presentation, epidemiology, management, and long-term outcomes of postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.