The Tragic Case of Lamora Williams: Understanding Postpartum Psychosis

Introduction: Postpartum depression and anxiety are well-known mental health conditions that can affect women after giving birth. However, there is another, more severe condition that is less talked about: postpartum psychosis. This condition is rare but can be very dangerous, as evidenced by the tragic case of Lamora Williams.

Who was Lamora Williams?

Lamora Williams was a 24-year-old mother of four from Atlanta, Georgia. She had recently given birth to twins, and her older children were aged 1, 2, and 3. She had a troubled past, having been in and out of jail and struggling with drug addiction.

The Tragic Incident:

On October 13, 2017, Lamora Williams called the police and told them that she had just killed her two youngest children, the twins. When the police arrived, they found the bodies of the 1-year-old and 2-year-old, who had been beaten to death. Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of murder.

Postpartum Psychosis:

An Overview: Postpartum psychosis is a rare but severe mental health condition that affects 1-2 out of every 1,000 new mothers. It usually occurs within the first few weeks after giving birth and can last for several months. The condition is characterized by symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, confusion, and disorientation.

Signs and Symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis:

The signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis can vary from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations: seeing or hearing things that are not there
  • Delusions: false beliefs that are not based in reality
  • Confusion and disorientation: not being able to think clearly or make decisions
  • Mania: feeling extremely high or elated, with increased energy and a decreased need for sleep
  • Depression: feeling extremely low, with a lack of energy and motivation
  • Paranoia: feeling like someone is out to get you or that you are being watched

Treatment Options for Postpartum Psychosis:

Postpartum psychosis is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment. Treatment options include:

  • Hospitalization: women with postpartum psychosis may need to be hospitalized in a psychiatric unit for their own safety and the safety of their baby
  • Medication: antipsychotic medication can help to control symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions
  • Therapy: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help women to cope with the symptoms of postpartum psychosis and develop strategies for managing the condition


The case of Lamora Williams is a tragic example of what can happen when postpartum psychosis goes untreated. It is important for women and their families to be aware of the signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis and to seek help immediately if they suspect that something is wrong. With proper treatment, women with postpartum psychosis can recover and go on to lead happy, healthy lives with their families.