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How is postpartum depression treated?

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If you or your loved ones think that you have delusions, paranoia, or other signs of postpartum psychosis, call 911 right away. You may need to be hospitalized for your safety. You also may need medication, such as lithium, to stabilize your mood.

With the right care, you can recover fully.

SOURCES:

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP): “Early Symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis,” “PP Insider Guides,” “What is Postpartum Psychosis?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Depression after the Birth of a Child or Pregnancy Loss.”

Journal of Women’s Health: “A Review of Postpartum Psychosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Postpartum Depression.”

Postpartum International Support: “Postpartum Psychosis.”

UpToDate: “Postpartum psychosis: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP): “Early Symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis,” “PP Insider Guides,” “What is Postpartum Psychosis?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Depression after the Birth of a Child or Pregnancy Loss.”

Journal of Women’s Health: “A Review of Postpartum Psychosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Postpartum Depression.”

Postpartum International Support: “Postpartum Psychosis.”

UpToDate: “Postpartum psychosis: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on January 15, 2020

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