In the previous post I started talking about Baby Blues, including the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD), and where to look for help.
- The approved treatment plan for someone with PPD may include one or more of the following components:
- A chat or helpline where a mama can talk, be heard, and receive helpful advice.
- Individualized sessions with a psychiatrist.
- Joining a support group either online or in person in order to get the perspective of other women with PPD
- Educational supports like books, articles, and websites related to PPD.
- Medication; but usually only when another component is also used.
- Counselors or therapy programs.
- Breastfeeding encouragement -- breastfeeding has been shown to lower risks of developing PPD and also can lesson current syptoms.
Hospitalization may be necessary in extreme cases of PPD but most of the time, when caught early, PPD can be treated with a plan made up of the above components. Visit Medline for more information on PPD.