Treatment for Postpartum Depression and time to recover depends on the severity of your depression which varies from person to person.
Women with baby blues don’t usually need any treatment as it fades away on its own within a few days to weeks. Your doctor may recommend you to take adequate rest, eat healthy diet, and avoid alcohol as it can make mood swings worse. Seek support from your spouse, family and friend. Talk to them about your feelings and don’t isolate yourself. Talk to other new moms. If needed your doctor may do thyroid tests and prescribe thyroid medication.
Most mothers with postpartum depression are treated with counseling and medication.
Appropriate diagnosis and treatment for postpartum depression can effectively control the symptoms in a few months. Some women can continue to experience symptoms of postpartum depression up to a year. Consult your doctor before stopping treatment as it might be too early and can cause relapse. Your doctor may advise you to continue treatment for some time after you begin to feel better to prevent relapse of symptoms.
Postpartum psychosis the most severe form of postnatal depression often requires immediate treatment in a hospital.
Women with postpartum psychosis may not be able to breastfeed the baby due to separation from the baby or medications. Breast feeding while taking some medications for treatment of postpartum psychosis is not recommended.
If you are diagnosed with postpartum depression, self-care is as important as medications and other treatments, to manage the symptoms. Some self-help strategies for postpartum depression include;
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