Ann Womens Health | Volume 2, Issue 1 | Review Article | Open Access

Publications on ‘Puerperal Psychosis’, 2013-2017

Ian Brockington*

University of Birmingham, UK

*Correspondance to: Ian Brockington 

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This is a review of 142 works that have appeared in the five years 2013-2017. The relative neglect of this group of psychoses since 1950 has continued, with few case descriptions, investigations or hypotheses about the triggers of bipolar/cycloid episodes with onset soon after childbirth. One new incidental organic psychosis has been reported-herpes simplex encephalitis. There is much to support Marcé's idea that early and late non-organic postpartum episodes are distinct, and his views on the role of menstruation. There are only four active research groups-in Britain, Canada, India and the Netherlands-and there is a need to establish more research programs in populous nations with high birth rates.


Brockington I. Publications on ‘Puerperal Psychosis’, 2013-2017. Ann Womens Health. 2018; 2(1): 1013.

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