Postpartum Mood Disorders: Treatment Options

Many women ask how they will know if it is time to call their doctor about how they are feeling. If your symptoms are interfering with your daily activities, disrupting your ability to sleep or eat, or if you are feeling hopeless or helpless, then it is time to contact your doctor or seek a psychiatrist who is familiar with treating Postpartum Mood Disorders.

Some options to consider are:

Seeing a therapist or counselor to talk through your feelings and discuss ways to deal with all of the changes occurring in your life post-delivery can help with recovery. Therapists often help identify sources of stress and anxiety and assist in developing stress-management techniques.

Support Groups
Attending support group meetings, or participating in one online if meetings are unavailable locally, helps mothers find encouragement and hope as they deal with their symptoms. Meetings provide a neutral place for mothers to share their feelings, worries and thoughts. Mothers who already have faced Postpartum Mood Disorders and recovered often attend to offer hope and support for those who are still going through it.

Medication can help alleviate the more distressing symptoms of depression and anxiety, such as panic attacks, overwhelming sadness, intrusive thoughts and sleeplessness. There are a wide range of medications that target different symptoms. Some medicines are considered safe for use while breastfeeding, so don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about all of your options.

Social support
Becoming a new parent sometimes leads women to feel isolated, which can increase depression. Seek out social networks for emotional support as you go through the transition of becoming a parent. Good resources include friends and family; faith communities; and organized groups for parents. Reach out to others and say yes to any offers of help – try not to feel that you have to do everything on your own.

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