Talk to your doctor about your symptoms, and together you can decide what type of treatment is right for you.
Treatment choices include:
- Counseling for both you and your partner. Counseling can give you emotional support and help with problem solving and goal setting. For more information, see Other Treatment.
- Antidepressant medicine. It relieves symptoms of postpartum depression for most women. For more information, see Medications.
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.