Did the pill cause Psychosis?
Many years ago I was advised by my GP not to take the hormone contraceptive pill as I have an adverse mood reaction to it. There is an allergy warning on my notes, not to prescribe it. I have very bad mood swings during my cycle – depression and anxiety. These were made much worse by the pill.
6 weeks following the birth of my son in 2007, this warning not to prescribe the pill was ignored by my GP and I was given the emergency contraceptive and then hormonal contraceptive pill.
I immediately developed severe post natal depression and then puerperal psychosis. I blame my mind's reaction to the high levels of hormones in the pills, which affected me adversely. I was fine up until I took the pills.
I am now on Risperidone 2.5mg and Citalopram 20mg at night. My periods are very irregular due to increased prolactin. However for the past 6 weeks periods have been one week on, one week off, and my mood has been affected badly – I am more stressed, anxious, paranoid.
Is there any literature which finds that fluctuations in hormone levels, and perhaps high levels of hormones correlate positively with psychotic episodes?
I am very keen to find out if it was the hormonal pills that caused my psychosis and depression. I am keen to know your thoughts. I would be grateful to know your opinion.