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What Exactly Is Postpartum Depression?

Learn what postpartum depression is and why all child-bearing women should know about it.

By
Sanaz Majd, MD
4-minute read

How is Postpartum Depression Treated?

Even though postpartum depression seems scary, the treatment for it is often very effective. If you are experiencing postpartum depression, please pick up the phone and call your doctor, who should suggest two main treatments:

  • Therapy:  Support group and counseling has been shown to help those with postpartum depression.

  • Medications:  Certain antidepressants are safe to use in women, whether you are breastfeeding or not.

Remember that many women feel the same way after childbirth and that you are not alone.  Because many women feel guilt and are ashamed of experiencing these intrusive and obsessive thoughts of hurting themselves or the baby, they may not reveal them.  But feeling this way doesn’t mean that you are a bad person.  Postpartum depression is a disorder that needs treatment, just like diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, etc.  So it is super vital that you discuss any of these symptoms with your doctor as soon as they begin.  Your doctor will get you help right away.

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Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only.  This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider.  Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

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Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only. This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider. Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

About the Author

Sanaz Majd, MD

Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her special interests are women's health and patient education.