Poor family and social support
and high stress raise the risk of
postpartum depression. For this reason, every
woman with a new baby needs plenty of support from family and friends. Any
special care you get will help you get through the challenges of the postpartum
prevent and treat depression during pregnancy and after childbirth. To improve treatment success, both parents should try to take part.
Your doctor may recommend a licensed counselor who
specializes in treating postpartum depression. To effectively treat
depression, it's important that you and your counselor have a comfortable
- Light therapy hasn't
been widely studied for postpartum depression. But it helps depression during pregnancy, winter-related depression (seasonal affective disorder), and general
- Parent coaching
offers both education and support for handling baby care and problems as well
as for the personal and couple transition into parenthood.
massage classes teach you skills for physically and emotionally bonding with
your baby. And they give you a chance to spend time with other mothers.
In rare cases,
electroconvulsive therapy is used to treat
severe forms of depression. It works well as short-term treatment.
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
March 8, 2012
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