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Knowing the difference between postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis may make the difference between life and death for some new mothers who are too desperately ill to know what they are doing. Here are some signs and symptoms of each culled from local interviews and national sources:

Postpartum depression

If you experience any of these, call your doctor and insist that you be seen as soon as possible.

Postpartum psychosis

If you are a new mother who is experiencing any of these, or you know a new mother who is, get help immediately. Make sure someone is with you/the mother and the infant at all times, until helps arrives.

Who is at risk?

Signs: Places to call

experience a life crisis - severe marital problems, family death or other dramatic change.

For help and information:

telephone support)

machine; leave message if no answer)

Women," by Shaila Misri, M.D.

- Lauri Githens

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