To read the previous part, go to Defining Postpartum Depression.
It’s not easy to help depressed women. Many mothers will gradually find their balance over time, with help from friends and family, while others will need more help. According to research on the topic, the combination of psychotherapy or psychoeducation and pharmacological treatments lead to better healing rates. A mother’s depression symptoms and length of symptoms can be reduced if she is listened to, takes care of her self, exercises (walking), does yoga, gets acupuncture and respects her body’s limits. Light therapy, couples therapy, stress management and taking omega 3s are also exciting alternatives.
The treatment choice is directly related to the severity of signs and symptoms and their personal decisions.
There are resources available!
There are specialised resources that can help women, couples and families to find their balance. Ask your caregiver for local references that can help before the issue becomes a bigger problem and you can’t function normally in your day-to-day life.
I often repeat this to new mothers – taking care of yourself is also taking care of your baby and family. A healthy mother means a healthy family. Even if for most women the arrival of their child is the happiest moment in their life, sometimes you will need help to get out of a depression and make your life better.
You can watch a live video about postpartum depression I filmed with Nathalie Parent, a psychologist.
Please share your experiences in the comment section, as you aren’t alone!
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