There are many ways to treat Postpartum Depression. It is important to understand with PPD, the sooner you get help, the easier it is to treat and the less problems or complications you may have with your treatment. The first thing to do is to decide who you will go to treat it. Here are some qualified professionals:
1. Your OBGYN* 2. Your primary care physician 3. Certified nurse-midwife 4. Your baby's provider 5. Mental Health professional such as a counselor who specializes in PPD *Usually your OBGYN is the one who will be the most familiar with this area and know the best recommendations.
Next, you can decide how you will treat it based on their recommendations. Some of their recommendations may include the following:
1. Support groups- This is an excellent way to treat PPD. You will meet other people who are feeling the exact way you are. Additionally, you will gain support and ideas for how to treat it outside of the group.
2. Counseling- Having someone who can be objective is priceless. They can listen to you, give recommendations about what else you can be doing, and to help with any road blocks that you may come to.
3. Medicine- Some doctors will recommend an antidepressant to get you through this time. Additionally, sometimes PPD can be caused from low Estrogen. If this is the case, your doctor may recommend taking additional estrogen to increase your levels until they begin increasing on their own.
It is very important to not stop taking medications your doctor prescribes for PPD until you speak with your doctor. Also, some medications that are recommended for PPD are not safe for breastfeeding mothers. This is why it is so important to talk to a doctor before taking anything over the counter for PPD if you are nursing.
Remember, the sooner you get help, the better you will feel. Tomorrow Joleen will give you things you can do to help you feel better. Thank you for reading!
Written by Natalie Chandler
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville