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    Postpartum Depression - Treatment Overview

    Talk to your doctor about your symptoms, and together you can decide what type of treatment is right for you.

    Treatment choices include:

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    Understanding Postpartum Depression -- the Basics

    Postpartum depression (PPD) is a form of clinical depression related to pregnancy and childbirth. PPD is a severe form of depression (major depression) that occurs within the first 4 weeks after delivery, affecting about 15% of women. By contrast, a milder condition called the "baby blues" occurs usually within the first week of delivery, affecting up to 80% of women, and usually resolving without the need for any medical or psychiatric treatment. Symptoms of the "baby blues" include sadness,...

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    Women with moderate to severe postpartum depression are advised to combine counseling with antidepressant medicine. Women with mild depression are likely to benefit from counseling alone.

    You may also benefit from:

    • A part-time or full-time mother's helper.
    • Parent coaching or infant massage classes, for strengthening mother-baby attachment.

    How long do you need to take antidepressant medicine?

    Antidepressants are typically used for 6 months or longer, first to treat postpartum depression and then to prevent a relapse of symptoms.

    To prevent a relapse, your doctor may recommend that you take medicine for up to a year before considering tapering off of it. Women who have had several bouts of depression may need to take medicine for a long time.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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