Talk therapy. This involves talking to a therapist, psychologist, or social worker to learn to change how depression makes you think, feel, and act.

Medicine. Your doctor can prescribe an antidepressant medicine. These medicines can help relieve symptoms of depression.

Social. Develop your social networks; expand your circle of family and friends; include your partner, if appropriate. You can also join a support group. Ask your health care provider about home visiting services

These treatment methods can be used alone or together. If you are depressed, your depression can affect your baby. Getting treatment is important for you and your baby. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of taking medicine to treat depression when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Postpartum depression is treatable. Prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms — and enjoy your baby.

Find HELP — 866-472-1897 — The Warm Line


This information is provided by the Division for Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.