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What can I do to help treat my postpartum depression?

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To help treat your postpartum depression, you should:

  • Exercise daily.
  • Include fun things in your day.
  • Meet simple goals.
  • Relax.
  • Surround yourself with people who care.

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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