Postpartum Depression (cont.)
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How Do You Prevent Postpartum Depression?
Too often, depressive symptoms are dismissed as normal for a woman who has just experienced childbirth.
If you have had depression in the past, or have risk factors for depression, talk with your doctor before getting pregnant or early in your pregnancy.
All new mothers should be screened for depressive disorders.
What Is the Prognosis for Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression usually goes away during the months after delivery. Some women have symptoms for months or years. With the help of appropriate treatment, the prognosis for postpartum depression is usually quite good.
If untreated, the illness can cause prolonged misery for the mother and her family.
Support Groups and Counseling for Postpartum Depression
A support group can help you cope with your illness.
Medically reviewed by Wayne Blocker, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/8/2016
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