Counseling

Therapy can be an effective way to address the way parents are feeling, thinking, and acting. Women struggling with postpartum depression can benefit from learning new ways to cope with stress, and how to manage their feelings. Involving significant others (for example, 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 moms to make connections with other moms struggling with postpartum depression
  • Learning helpful and practical coping skills from other moms
  • Reduces a sense of isolation

Find a support group.

Supplemental Supports

In addition to therapy and/or medication, many men benefit from supplemental support such as

  • Yoga
  • Exercise
  • Meditation

It is always important to mention all treatments, whether prescribed or not, with your healthcare providers.

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