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Mental Illness After Childbirth (02:02)


One in five hundred women suffers from postpartum psychosis. It is treatable, but most women do not receive correct care. This episode will follow Hannah and Jenny as they attempt to recover from the disorder. (Credits)

Onset of Delusions and Suicidal Thoughts (02:48)

Hannah was admitted to the Royal Hampshire Psychiatric Hospital 12 weeks after giving birth. Her family describes how she changed after childbirth.

Hannah is Admitted to Winchester (01:57)

Hannah was detained under the Mental Health Act; she is showing sings of improvement after two weeks of treatment. Dr. Alain Gregoire explains how important it is for mother and baby to stay together during treatment. Hannah takes Olanzapine and haloperidol.

Chaperoned Outing (02:02)

Pippa accompanies Hannah on a short trip outside the hospital. Dr. Gregoire explains that Hannah needs additional treatment because her emotions fluctuate too quickly. At lunch she cries about her husband Andy.

First Manic Episode (02:30)

Jenny, age-37, suffers from manic episodes where she becomes irritable. Her husband Henry describes how during her first manic episode, she threw his phone into the river and drove away. She disappeared for three days.

Impact of Mood Disorder (02:05)

Jenny was an attorney until she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. There was a 50 percent chance she would become psychotic after childbirth. Three weeks after giving birth, she recognized the warning signs and asked to be admitted.

Frustrations With the Ward (02:22)

Henry can tell how well Jenny is by her attitude towards medication. Dr. Gregoire describes how symptoms have recently manifested. Studies show mothers suffering from the disease tend to harm themselves, not their children.

Road to Recovery (03:17)

Dr. Gregoire allows Hannah to go home for an overnight visit. She is relieved to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She and Andy both have concerns about what will happen outside of the hospital.

Overnight Trip (01:54)

Hannah asks Andy why he has stayed with her through her illness. She cries from happiness when she arrives home

Perception and Medication Side Effects (01:58)

Jenny believes that other people cannot think as fast as her, which makes her appear manic. Haloperidol is making her vision blurry. She is allowed to spend time with her two-year-old, Reuben.

Jenny's Overnight Visit (03:15)

Jenny is able to spend quality time at home with her two-year-old Reuben. She started showing signs of mental illness after his birth, but improved with medication and psychiatric support. Lack of sleep can trigger mania.

Alarming Behavior (03:57)

Hannah's has behavior has become increasingly erratic after three overnight visits. She believes her Olanzapine dosage is too high; Dr. Gregoire explains that she is struggling because she reduced her medication on her own after she left the hospital.

Jenny's Symptoms Worsen (02:37)

After six weeks in the unit, Jenny's behavior becomes increasingly agitated and erratic; Libby is placed in the nursery for her safety, and Dr. Gregoire meets with Jenny. She speaks in French and uses word play while being evaluated by Dr. Gregoire.

Relapse and Compromise (03:13)

Dr. Gregoire wants to increase Jenny's dose of quetiapine to 900— Jenny feels she needs more sleep. Dr. Gregoire believes Jenny is manic and psychotic; he is surprised that she has become so ill after substantial improvement. The staff believes she may not be taking her medication.

Hannah is High Risk (02:20)

Dr. Gregoire and his team are concerned about Hannah's deteriorating condition. She is having dark thoughts and feelings of hopelessness, but she continues to care for her baby Esther and asks for help when she cannot.

Hannah's Condition Becomes Critical (02:37)

Hannah tried to commit suicide by cutting herself with glass Dr. Gregoire describes the lengths the staff went to make her well, but nothing helped. She decides to undergo electroconvulsive therapy, which is known to be safe and effective.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (02:42)

Watch doctors perform ECT on Hannah; she often wakes up with a headache or jaw ache. Her mother is opposed to the treatment. Dr. Gregoire explains that the seizure caused by electricity is what effectively helps depression.

Henry's Concerns About Jenny (03:04)

Jenny has set off the fire alarm in order to get out of the building. A charge nurse noticed that Jenny was not swallowing her medication, which has led to her deteriorating mental state. If a patient poses a threat, she will be transferred to an acute care facility that does not allow infants.

Effects on Marriage (02:02)

Jenny's condition has worsened and she has been transferred to high security intensive care unit a hundred miles away from home. Henry loves having Esther home, but he is sad because he is unable to visit Jenny.

After Second ECT Session (03:12)

Hannah hopes to put a tattoo over the scars that remain from her suicide attempt. Dr. Gregoire believes she will see great improvement after electroconvulsive therapy. She feels more in control and believes she can recover from her depression.

Return from Intensive Care Facility (03:42)

Jenny has improved after four months of treatment including one month away from Libby. She is glad to be back on the ward. She agrees to an intensified medication program and undergoes counseling to re-bond with her baby.

Looking Forward to the Future (02:44)

Henry hopes things will get better, but understands Jenny has a long road ahead of her. Dr. Gregoire discharges Hannah after 11 ECT sessions; she will continue with medication and work on rebuilding confidence at home.

Credits: My Baby, Psychosis and Me (00:41)

Credits: My Baby, Psychosis and Me

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This program reveals the frightening rollercoaster journey of two moms, for whom childbirth triggers postpartum psychosis, one of the most severe forms of mental illness but from which there can be recovery with the right treatment.

Length: 60 minutes

Item#: BVL117373

ISBN: 978-1-63521-254-9

Copyright date: ©2015

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