Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG)

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Welcome to SPRiG

The Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG) incorporates clinical and academic researchers within the University of Sussex, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The SPRiG group is part of the Clinical and Developmental research group at the University of Sussex.

Current research includes the contribution of genetics, neuroimaging, psychological processes, health and social contexts to psychosis and well-being outcomes; the development of new psychological therapies, including third wave CBT and computer-based therapies; understanding and addressing childrens’ and adolescents’ attitudes to psychosis, to promote positive non-stigmatising schema; and earlier engagement in help seeking.

We host SPRiG seminars throughout the year at University of Sussex or Sussex Education Centre. Visit our events pages for more information or follow us on Twitter for updates on psychosis new items, research projects and psychosis events. @SPRiGSussex 



Meeting ID: 954 3390 1866
Passcode: 058435

Wednesday 28th October  4.00-5.00pm (UK time)

Dr Arianna Di Florio, MD, PhD Clinical Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University: Psychosis and Motherhood


Postpartum psychiatric disorders are of great clinical and public health importance, with suicide a leading cause of maternal death in the UK. 

The talk will focus on postpartum psychosis (PP), a controversial diagnosis. Postpartum psychosis is one of the most severe psychiatric illnesses. It is characterized by the abrupt onset of affective and psychotic symptoms typically in the first 2 weeks after childbirth. It occurs in about 1 in 1000 women, in over half of cases without a previous history of psychiatric disorders. 

Over 150 years long controversy on the status of postpartum psychosis has caused considerable confusion for clinicians with potentially negative consequences on the management of women and has hindered research. This is particularly detrimental, since, if not promptly and correctly diagnosed and treated, postpartum psychosis may have severe consequences, including suicide and, in very rare, tragic cases, infanticide.

The talk will emphasize the importance of recognizing women at high risk and appreciating the severity of postpartum psychosis and the need for prompt assessment and treatment.


SPRiG Director: Professor Kathy Greenwood
School of Psychology
University of Sussex
East Sussex
United Kingdom

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