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Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2012 Jul-Aug;34(4):436.e3-4. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2011.11.010. Epub 2012 Jan 9.

Postpartum catatonia treated with electroconvulsive therapy: a case report.

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  • 1University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7160, USA.


Catatonia is a rare syndrome that occurs in mood and psychotic disorders, and general medical conditions. Postpartum depression affects 10%-15% of women within 6 months after delivery. Postpartum psychosis affects 0.1%-0.5% of women within weeks after delivery, though it can occur within hours; it carries risk for suicide and infanticide. There is limited evidence available to guide treatment. We review a case of postpartum psychosis that presented with catatonia and was resistant to medications, but responded to electroconvulsive therapy.

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