Postpartum Depression (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if:
Symptoms of postpartum depression include:
If your symptoms are new and not severe, you can wait up to 2 weeks to see if they will go away. Otherwise, call your doctor as soon as you notice symptoms. The earlier you are treated, the more quickly you will recover and the less your baby's development will be affected by your condition.
Who To See
Your obstetrician may be the first doctor to note and diagnose PPD. This is one of many reasons why it's important to have a medical check 3 to 6 weeks after childbirth. Treatment for PPD ideally involves both medicine and some form of professional counseling. To effectively treat depression, it's important that you and your counselor have a comfortable relationship.
Diagnosis and medication management of postpartum depression can be provided by a:
Professional counseling can be provided by a:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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