Postpartum Depression : An Understanding Of Postpartum Psychosis

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An Understanding of Postpartum Psychosis in The Book of Margery Kempe Studies have found that postpartum psychosis appears in about one in every five hundred childbearing women a few weeks after they deliver. Postpartum psychosis is much more sever and rare than postpartum depression, someone with this illness may develop hallucinations, delusional beliefs, manic episodes, paranoia, obscured thinking, and have a dramatic change of behavior. In Margery Kempe’s book, The Book of Margery Kempe, the use of hallucinations, manic episodes, and paranoia symptoms used to show how the speaker presents the signs of postpartum psychosis, and how she deals with the illness. Before analyzing Margery Kempe’s actions, we must understand that her actions are of direct relation to the mental disorder that she displays. Within the text, Kempe creates the delusion that God is her true husband, thus meaning that though her and John can still live together, they cannot have sex. She creates this because she subconsciously links her psychotic outbreaks to her pregnancy and once she makes this connection declares she will “never desire to common fleshy with her husband” (Kempe 10). Her strive to keep away from the chance of becoming pregnant again may have helped her if her husband did not demand sex with her, as the risk of having more postpartum psychosis effects “rises to 1:7 for women with even one past episode of postpartum psychosis” (Sit, Rothschild, and…

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