How to Deal With Postpartum Depression?

(January 18, 2013)

Postpartum depression affects many new mothers and treatment for postpartum depression depends on the severity of the postpartum depression and the woman's individual needs as well. Postpartum depression is a mix of behavioral, physical, and emotional changes that happen to a woman after she has given birth. Postpartum depression is a form of major depression that occurs within four weeks of delivery. Postpartum depression diagnosis is based on the length of time between the delivery and the onset of the depression, as well as the severity of the depression. The diagnosis of postpartum depression can also be mixed because the symptoms are so common after childbirth. Common symptoms of postpartum depression include feelings of worthlessness, guilt, being irritable and agitated. A depressed mother may also start feeling unconnected with people who are around her and may become unsocial as well. She may have problems sleeping or even sleep too much. She may cry for no reason at all and will also show signs of being disinterested in activities that are happening around her. Some mothers who are severely affected by postpartum depression may also experience negative feelings towards the baby. Some even harbor thoughts of death or suicide.

Dealing with postpartum depression or treatment for postpartum depression involves the use of medication and counseling too. Counseling helps the mother work through her problems, feelings and also helps her set realistic goals. Counseling is also recommended for both the mother and the father. Counseling for the father may help in him providing more support to his wife which in turn will help her to get through this difficult time. Counseling may include interpersonal therapy as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. Some doctors may also recommend hormone therapy. Estrogen replacement may help to counteract the sudden drop in estrogen that follows childbirth. This may help ease the postpartum depression in women. Postpartum depression medication may also involve the use of antidepressants. However, if the woman is breastfeeding there are chances that these medications may enter the breast milk and be harmful for the baby. There are some antidepressants that can be used during breastfeeding. It is advisable to check with your doctor before taking any medication for treatment for postpartum depression.

Certain lifestyle changes are also recommended for treatment for postpartum depression. For instance, including some physical exercise, even a walk daily with the baby can help. Avoid alcohol and eat healthy foods. Make time for yourself. This is very important. Talk to your friends or family and tell them how you are feeling. Ask other mothers about their experiences as well.

Submitted by N H on January 18, 2013 at 04:51

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