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How is postpartum depression treated?

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Medication: Your doctor might prescribe  antidepressants. These drugs help balance  brain chemicals linked to depression. Most are safe to take while you breastfeed. Or, she may have you try brexanolone (Zulresso), a new medication that is a synthetic form of the hormone allopregnanolone and is specifically used to treat postpartum depression. Just be sure to let your doctor know if you’re nursing.

Counseling: Talking to a psychologist or therapist also can be a great help. You can learn ways to recognize negative thoughts so you know how to deal with them better. You may  discuss stresses and learn how to work through those so they don’t affect your life now.

SOURCES:

Wisner, K. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Postpartum Depression Action Plan.”

Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum Depression.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Postpartum Depression.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Wisner, K. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Postpartum Depression Action Plan.”

Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum Depression.”

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: “Postpartum Depression.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 22, 2019

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