Don’t Take it All on Yourself! Treatment for Postpartum Depression

Postpartum & Mental Health

In the previous article, we explained to you the symptoms and causes of postpartum depression. Surprisingly, many women suffer from postpartum depression without even realizing it, and if you leave it untreated, it may take several years to fully recover.

If you feel that you are suffering from postpartum depression, do not take it all on yourself but talk with someone immediately. In this article, we will explain to you the treatment of postpartum depression.

Treatment for postpartum depression

If you have postpartum depression that is mild enough to make you feel sad after childbirth, you will not need any treatment with the support of your family and friends. However, if you are diagnosed with postpartum depression, you will need to go to a medical institution for treatment.

  • Psychotherapy (counseling)
  • Drug therapy such as antidepressants

The treatment is similar to the depression treatment described above.

Psychotherapy includes interpersonal therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, which are psychological therapies that help you adapt to stress, change your perspective on hopelessness and negative thinking, and get out of the negative thinking loop. Talking to a counselor or therapist about your problems can help you find the cause of your stress and ways to cope with it.

Antidepressants are often used in medication therapy. Some people are resistant to a medication when they are breastfeeding. However, it is possible to get out of postpartum depression quickly by receiving effective medication. Also, there are some medications that allow you to continue breastfeeding, so it would be a good idea to discuss this with your doctor.

If you think you may have postpartum depression

First of all, it is important to know how to deal with it and to create an environment where you can talk about it. If you have friends or a group of friends who are new mothers or pregnant, you may find it easier to talk to them.

How to deal with postpartum depression

  • Take a shower every day and change your clothes properly.
  • Go out and get sunlight every day.
  • Maintain a regular lifestyle including eating and sleeping.
  • Do not try to do all the housework and child-rearing perfectly.
  • Talk to your friends and family about what you are thinking and what happened.
  • Take a rest with your baby when he/she sleeps.

The most important thing to do when dealing with grief after childbirth is not to worry alone or not to take it all on yourself. Worrying alone will cause negative emotions to occupy your mind. Talk to as many people as you can, including your family and friends.

It is also important to adjust your daily rhythm and try not to overdo it as much as possible. It is important to take a break whenever you can, because it is easy to overdo things when you are trying to do everything perfectly, such as cooking, cleaning, and raising children.

Consult a professional organization

Postpartum depression is a mental illness. If you think you have postpartum depression, it is important to consult with your family doctor, psychosomatic medicine or psychiatry, instead of diagnosing it by yourself.

By consulting with a medical institution, you can receive the necessary treatment and counseling. By starting treatment early, it is possible to reduce the severity of the disease. If you feel anxious about going to the hospital, you can consult with your local government, as each municipality has its own consultation service. The local government consultation service can also refer you to a medical institution if necessary.

Mental symptoms, such as postpartum depression, are sometimes difficult to recognize by oneself. It is necessary for family members around the mother to pay close attention to the differences in the wife’s or mother’s normal behavior and, if necessary, recommend that she see a doctor.

Conclusion

Postpartum depression is a mental illness that you need to have some treatments. If you take it all on yourself, the symptoms may get worse, therefore consult with family, friends, and medical institutions around you as soon as possible.

It also requires the understanding and cooperation of those around you.  Ask your partner to help you if you feel tired and ask other family members or friends to understand you. They should be willing to help with personal care and child-rearing.

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