Schizophrenia, Willis discussed on The Psych Central Show
Delusions. Sometimes with women the content will be a little bit different than you will focus on their children a little bit more. Were safety a little bit? More would offer very similar entitled just the content can vary a little bit. What are the biggest challenges for woman with schizophrenia? Who is pregnant? The most obvious one has to do with medication. So a lot of women with or without schizophrenia will stop taking most medications while they're pregnant. Just to err on the side of safety and so when it comes to a woman with schizophrenia who gets pregnant. A lot of them will discontinue their medications for the same concerns about potential effects on the fetus and sometimes those concerns are coming from the woman herself sometimes. We're families sometimes. Even from her doctor but stopping medications during pregnancy. For Women with schizophrenia increases. The risk for relapse so think about sixty five percent of women with schizophrenia. Who Don't stay on their medication. During pregnancy will relapse during your pregnancy. So then they have more problems with their mental health during pregnancy. The most women who don't have schizophrenia. Don't report major changes in their mental. Health during pregnancy but willis schizophrenia due in part again because of that medication being but then psychosis during pregnancy can affect seeking prenatal care not recognizing signs of labor or problems during the pregnancy. They might not even recognize that they're pregnant. Do there can be lots of negative on the pregnancy and on the fetus when the closest develops so. I am a woman with schizophrenia. Let's say I found out that I'm pregnant. What would you suggest being my next steps? It's a situation where you need to talk to your doctor. Especially the psychiatrist about what? Medications are safest during pregnancy. We do have some information about medications anti psychotics. Even that are relatively safe during pregnancy. But it's a balance between protecting yourself and your mental health and the secondary effect that has on the baby. It's a really difficult balance. It's an individual decision arm and it really depends on the particular woman her help her history her symptoms and all of that but the very difficult decision to make with respect to medications. What are the biggest challenges when it comes to being a mother with schizophrenia? All moms are overwhelmed right so you have that regular level of being overwhelmed with responsibilities but then on top of that you're trying to manage your own mental house. You're trying to get organized with postnatal checkups and Pediatrician Appointments Plus Your Own Medical Appointments and mental health appointments. They often don't have as much support as women without schizophrenia. So there aren't as many family members to lean on for emergency childcare on they don't have there's extra hands when they just need a break. I also symptomatically can have more difficulty reading accused that the baby is giving them so they might misinterpret what the baby is needing or wanting and that can interfere with the relationship. Developed with the baby and a lot of with schizophrenia mm-hmm during the postpartum will have a pretty significant exacerbation in symptoms. A lot of women are at risk for postpartum depression. But women with schizophrenia. Especially those women who weren't taking their medication during pregnancy are at especially high risk and that can increase the need for hospitalization when a lot of women than won't seek hospitalization really truthfully because the majority of women with schizophrenia loose custody of their children it my research. I found that so many of the women who have children. Who Have Schizophrenia? Also are single mothers and new very often lose custody due to either not being able to afford to provide for that child because the mother self is having a hard time working and being able to provide or having to be hospitalized. What would you say like if you have someone coming to you? Who's in that situation? The biggest thing I think is is asking for help before there's a problem if you're noticing that your symptoms are making it hard for you to care for the baby if you're getting extremely overwhelmed with caring for a baby or even a child. It's important to ask for help before a problem comes up. Those are the women who have the greatest likelihood of being able to maintain custody versus waiting until there is a major problem. The child is neglected. Or even abused. Then it's it's very difficult to make an argument to maintain custody. It's a situation where we definitely want to prevent problems rather than try to correct problems and most women if they have a family and they're going through treatment like you're just trying to juggle everything and I'm going to say everybody who has kids and whatnot are just constantly trying to juggle. Their lives with the schizophrenia added. What advice do you have for women? Beg thing we can all do. Really especially women with schizophrenia. Or women who are involved in mental health system is to find out exactly what services are available in your area. You can call two.