How is postpartum depression treated?

Postpartum depression is treated differently depending on the type and severity of the woman’s symptoms. Treatment options include anti-anxiety or antidepressant medicines, psychotherapy, and support group participation.

In the case of postpartum psychosis, medicines used to treat psychosis are usually added. Hospital admission is also usually necessary.

If you are breastfeeding, don’t assume that you can't take medicines for depression, anxiety, or even psychosis. Talk to your healthcare provider about your options.

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