Postpartum Psychosis (PPP): This is the most severe of all of the PPD and has a prevalence of about 1 or 2 in a thousand births. The symptoms may be similar to postpartum depression (severe insomnia, anxiety and agitation, suicidal and homicidal thoughts, bizarre feelings and behaviors), except that the person experiences psychotic episodes. These may include auditory hallucinations. For example, you or your family member may hear voices when no else one is there. Sometimes the voices are derogatory or command the mother to hurt herself or her baby. The mother may also have delusional beliefs, which are fixed ideas that are not true and are inconsistent with reality. Typically these are of a religious type. For example, the mother may think child is possessed, or the devil or Christ. The onset for PPP is usually within three months after birth. Infanticide, although rare, is most common with this type of psychosis. Treatment for PPP typically invloves anti-psychotic medications. A commonly used anti-psychotic medications is Zyprexa (Olanzapine), which is also FDA approved as a stand alone drug for Bipolar I disorder. It tends to treat all three symptoms of PPP-depression-mood swings and psychosis. Other so-called atypical anti-psychotic medications are also often used, including Risperidal (Risperidone),
Seroquel (Quetiapine) and Clozaril (Clozapine). Sometimes the older "typical" anti-psychotic medications such as Haldol (Haloperidol) may be used but these tend to have more side-effects. The risk of postpartum psychosis increases if the mother had a postpartum depression or if she had a postpartum psychosis The risk of recoccurence is about 30% to 50% after each delivery.http://www.nvo.com/scullari/customhtml2/
Schizophrenia (SKITS-oh-FREEN-ee-uh)---one of the most damaging of all mental disorders---causes its victims to lose touch with reality. They often begin to hear, see, or feel things that aren't really there (hallucinations) or become convinced of things that simply aren't true (delusions). In the paranoid form of this disorder, they develop delusions of persecution or personal grandeur. The first signs of paranoid schizophrenia usually surface between the ages of 15 and 34. There is no cure, but the disorder can be controlled with medications. Severe attacks may require hospitalization.
Schizophrenia usually develops gradually, although onset can be sudden. Friends and family often notice the first changes before the victim does. Among the signs are:
* Inability to make decisions
* Changes in eating or sleeping habits, energy level, or weight
* Strange statements or behavior
* Withdrawal from friends, work, or school
* Neglect of personal hygiene
* Indifference to the opinions of others
* A tendency to argue
* A conviction that you are better than others, or that people are out to get you
More reading about schitzophrenia:http://www.healthsquare.com/mc/fgmc2415.htm
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disease. Approximately 1 percent of the population develops schizophrenia during their lifetime â€“ more than 2 million Americans suffer from the illness in a given year. Although schizophrenia affects men and women with equal frequency, the disorder often appears earlier in men, usually in the late teens or early twenties, than in women, who are generally affected in the twenties to early thirties. People with schizophrenia often suffer terrifying symptoms such as hearing internal voices not heard by others, or believing that other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. These symptoms may leave them fearful and withdrawn. Their speech and behavior can be so disorganized that they may be incomprehensible or frightening to others. Available treatments can relieve many symptoms, but most people with schizophrenia continue to suffer some symptoms throughout their lives; it has been estimated that no more than one in five individuals recovers completely.http://www.schizophrenia.com/family/...iew.htm#schiz1
And some reading about Haldol:http://www.whatmeds.com/meds/haloperidol.html
Hairpulling, or trichctillomania, is also a symptom of Andrea's. It's also indicative of OCD. Most self-injuries are OCD if taken to an extreme, as Andrea did.
If you're not interested in learning, that's fine. It's obvious to me that you're completely ignoring information provided by experienced members on this board, and will hold your opinion tight and close. That's all right - it's a common fear response to something that is almost incomprehensible. It's sad, but it's all right. You're a bright, intelligent person. But I can't force you to consider something you refuse, from the outset, to even consider.