Treatment options for mothers suffering from postpartum depression are available. Once diagnosed, the mother’s doctor should assess her frequently over the first six months; also, there are several pharmacological treatments for postpartum depression that are safe to give to breastfeeding mothers, including paroxetine, sertraline and nortiptyline. In addition, cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy have demonstrated effectiveness as treatments for postpartum depression, so mothers should consider asking their doctor for a referral to a mental health therapist.
Mothers should also not be afraid to ask their partner, friends or family to help out with the baby, talk about their feelings, make time to visit friends or spend time alone with their partner, join a support group and sleep—and sleep with the baby. These self-help steps, along with therapy and medication, can help the mother overcome postpartum depression.
If, however, the mother is considering harming herself or the child, she must immediately seek emergency medical care.
Postpartum Depression Therapy and Support Group
To combat, prevent and treat the most common complication of childbirth, Florida Hospital’s postpartum depression therapy and support group provide the compassion and care new parents need. You’re not alone in this difficult, stressful time. Our licensed therapists use a variety of therapies to alleviate your symptoms to focus on caring for yourself, your family and your newborn.
Postpartum depression can affect any parent—mother or father—and is often intensified by the stress of raising a new baby. If you experience these symptoms, contact Florida Hospital for postpartum depression therapy, today:
- Feelings of sadness, emotional numbness, frequent crying
- Disinterest in hobbies you once enjoyed
- Withdrawal from relationships
- Tiredness, trouble sleeping
- Overeating or even loss of appetite
- Feeling of having failed or being inadequate
- Anxiety, especially about the baby
- Disinterest in the newborn
- Suicidal thoughts or fearing you may cause the baby harm
- Delusions/hallucinations (signs of postpartum psychosis)
Our care extends beyond the delivery room. The team at Florida Hospital is here to help. Our postpartum depression support helps parents just like you overcome these symptoms. Get the help you, your family and your newborn deserve.