A Narratology of Postpartum Psychosis in an Orthodox Jewish Woman

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to understand the experience of postpartum psychosis in an Orthodox Jewish woman.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

A case-based narratology using an unstructured interview was conducted to facilitate the telling of her story.

FINDINGS:

While the nurses were unable to recognize her symptoms in the hospital, her family members were also unable to recognize escalating symptoms once she returned home, until she became a danger to herself.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Better recognition of symptoms, empathetic connections, cultural appreciation of faith-based rituals and their effect on patient isolation, and education of families and nursing staff may be vital components to successful recovery from postpartum psychosis.

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