Counseling: Therapy can be an effective way to address the way parents are feeling, thinking, and acting. Parents struggling with postpartum depression can benefit from learning new ways to cope with stress, and how to manage their feelings. Involving significant others (e.g., spouses, family) in treatment can also help improve communication and enlist their support and help during difficult times. Counseling may be done on an individual basis, or may be offered in a group through a formal group therapy program.

Medication: Antidepressants may be effective in treating postpartum depression. For more information about medication use contact your healthcare provider.

Support Groups: Support groups can be helpful in a variety of ways, including:

  • Helping parents to make connections with other parents struggling with postpartum depression
  • Learning helpful and practical coping skills from other parents
  • Reduces a sense of isolation
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Supplemental Supports: In addition to therapy and/or medication, many parents benefit from supplemental support such as

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This information is provided by the Pregnancy, Infancy and Early Childhood Division within the Department of Public Health.