Conventional Cures for Depression After Baby

Although natural remedies are gaining in popularity, common conventional cures for depression are also available if a mom chooses this route. It is a very personal decision, and there is no right or wrong choice for how best to overcome postpartum depression. 

Conventional cures for depression may vary, based on the decision made between the mom and her physician, but below are elements of the most common treatments. 

Therapy

Although therapy is considered to be a natural form of treatment because it doesn’t involve any sort of chemicals or physical changes to occur in the body, it is also considered to be a conventional treatment for postpartum depression because of its power and effectiveness against depression. 

There are different types of therapy that can be used to treat postpartum depression: cognitive behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy (see Natural Depression Treatments for Postpartum Depression page for more details on these therapies). 

Anti Depression Medication 

Anti Depression medication is a common tool used by many doctors in the treatment of postpartum depression. 

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants are known to be generally safe and may be prescribed to a breastfeeding mother. 

Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), on the other hand, will likely not be prescribed while a mother is breastfeeding, as these medications are passed through the breast milk and can cause serious side effects in a nursing infant. 

options for anti depression medication

It is worth bearing in mind that any medication a mother takes will enter into her milk and thus be consumed by the baby. 

If you are considering an antidepressant for postpartum depression, the most important thing you can do is talk to your doctor, and learn the facts about depression drugs. You and your health care provider can then weigh the benefits against the potential side effects and risks to make an informed decision about whether this is the right choice for you. 

It will often take time and effort to find the best postpartum depression treatment for you. Be willing to explore your options so that you can find the best treatment for you and your postpartum depression. 

In many cases, antidepressant medication is prescribed in combination with some form of talk therapy. Therapy can have a huge impact on a mom’s recovery time and can even lessen the likelihood of a relapse occurring. 

Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy is a newer candidate among conventional cures for depression in the postpartum woman. One of the factors believed to be a contributor to postpartum depression is the rapid drop in estrogen levels after the baby is born. With the hormone therapy method, the mom is given supplemental estrogen to prevent a rapid drop in hormone level. Although not always effective, for some women this can alleviate a few of the symptoms of depression. Not much is known about the efficiency rate and safety of hormone replacement therapy, so it is important to learn what you can about this treatment and discuss the potential risks and benefits with your health care provider. 

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