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Postpartum Depression - Other Treatment

Poor family and social support and high stress raise the risk of postpartum depression. For this reason, every woman with a new baby needs plenty of support from family and friends. Any special care you get will help you get through the challenges of the postpartum period.

Counseling

Counseling helps prevent and treat depression during pregnancy and after childbirth. To improve treatment success, both parents should try to take part.

Your doctor may recommend a licensed counselor who specializes in treating postpartum depression. To effectively treat depression, it's important that you and your counselor have a comfortable relationship.

Alternative treatment

In rare cases, electroconvulsive therapy is used to treat severe forms of depression. It works well as short-term treatment.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 16, 2012
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