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September, 2019
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This article aimed to systematically locate and critically appraise relevant qualitative research regarding the experience of postpartum psychosis. It also aimed to use a meta-ethnographic approach to synthesize the findings of identified papers and answer the research question, “What is the experience of having postpartum psychosis?” 

Abstract: 

Not as much research exists regarding postpartum psychosis as compared to other perinatal mental health disorders, such as postpartum depression. In this meta-ethnography, twelve qualitative studies were examined. Four themes were developed: support needs and preferences; the terrifying and surreal world of postpartum psychosis; stigma and dismissal; and process of recovery. Alongside the four themes identified, consideration of personal appraisals and regaining personal identity may assist with recovery. Women and their families should be part of decision-making and provided with appropriate information throughout treatment. Discourses surrounding postpartum psychosis require particular consideration to avoid stigma and promote early help-seeking. 

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