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 Reference Other Treatment.
- Antidepressant medicine. It relieves symptoms of postpartum depression for most women. For more information, see Reference Medications.
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.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 16, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry