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Experiences of the first days of postpartum psychosis: An interview study with women and next of Kin in Sweden
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
Institute of Health and Caring Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg , Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, Vol. 34, no 2, 82-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study was to explore accounts of the first days of postpartum psychosis from different perspectives, that is, that of the women and their next of kin. Interviews were conducted with seven women with postpartum psychosis and six interviews were done with the next of kin. The overall theme was Shades of Black with A Ray of Light, revealing a difficult experience of darkness, despair, and suffering. For the women, the experience cannot be shared fully other than with those who have lived through it themselves. For the next of kin, the illness is incomprehensible and it proved difficult to express in words what these relatives believe the women were going through. The women and their next of kin spoke about loss of sleep, being in an unreal world, thoughts that moved from having a wanted to an unwanted baby, being infanticidal, and having suicidal ideation. The women and their next of kin described the situations in different ways. The women gave an account of their illness in the strongest of terms, while the language used by the next of kin was much milder. The findings underscore the importance of recognizing the next of kin as key sources in early recognition of the disorder, which would make early treatment possible and support recovery. © 2013 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

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Informa Healthcare, 2013. Vol. 34, no 2, 82-89 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-8599DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2012.723301PubMedID: 23369119ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84873352744OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-8599DiVA: diva2:660783
Available from: 2013-10-30 Created: 2013-10-30 Last updated: 2015-04-22Bibliographically approved

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