Postpartum Depression (cont.)
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Postpartum depression does not require surgical treatment.
Poor family and social support and high stress raise the risk of postpartum depression (PPD). 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 period.
More formal PPD treatment and prevention measures include cognitive-behavioral or interpersonal counseling. Light therapy has shown promise as a nonmedication treatment of depression, but has not been studied for postpartum depression. Parent coaching and infant massage can further enrich your relationship with your baby.
Other Treatment Choices
Counseling helps prevent and treat depression during pregnancy and after childbirth. Experts recommend that both parents participate to improve treatment success.6Cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal counseling are used to treat PPD.
What to Think About
Counseling and support are considered a first-line treatment for mild to severe PPD. Women with mild PPD are likely to benefit from counseling alone. Women with moderate to severe PPD are advised to combine counseling with antidepressant medicine.
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