Postpartum Depression Treatment

Giving birth to a healthy child is meant to be a joyous occasion. For many mothers, however, the period after a child is born can become something else entirely. Postpartum depression is a legitimate medical condition that affects mothers worldwide.

Request more information about postpartum depression treatment today: call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

In the past, many people referred to postpartum depression as the “baby blues.” As medical science has advanced, however, doctors now understand that postpartum depression can cause much more than simple sadness.

Some amount of “baby blues”, which is not postpartum depression itself, is completely normal. Some of these symptoms are to be expected after pregnancy and will likely subside in a short amount of time:

Postpartum depression goes far beyond that. Some of the most common postpartum depression symptomsinclude:

Some mothers dealing with postpartum depression even have thoughts of self-harm or harming the baby. If this occurs, get medical help immediately. A rarer form of postpartum depression is postpartum psychosis. In this extreme condition, symptoms can include hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and self-harm attempts.

Causes of Postpartum Depression

There are many different factors that can contribute to developing postpartum depression. These can include:

In addition, certain mothers are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression due to their medical history or other risk factors. Problems that increase postpartum depression risk include:

Postpartum Depression Treatment

Most treatment for postpartum depression is comprehensive, seeking to address the issue at its source. Most treatment plans begin with a discussion of symptoms and problems that the mother is currently facing. 

If postpartum depression is determined to be present, potential treatment includes:

Request More Information Today

Ultimately, the only way to determine what postpartum depression treatment is right for your needs is to contact a medical professional. Request more information today: call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Author
Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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