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Doctor insights on: Postpartum Insomnia Treatment

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Sleep disorder in which there is inability to fall asleep &/or stay asleep, followed by daytime functional impairment. It accompanies several sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorders. It can occur at any age, but more common in elderly. It can be short-term (up to 3 weeks) or long-term. It can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, & increase risk of ...Read more


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What is the best treatment for postpartum depression?

What is the best treatment for postpartum depression?

Antidepressants: If it's true post-partum depression, and you are having difficultly functioning and bonding with the baby, antidepressants work well. If in addition to depression, you are having obsessional thoughts about hurting the baby, you should see a mental health professional immediately. If it is baby blues-which start soon after birth and last days, will improve on it's own. ...Read more

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Postpartum depression won't go away? When should I ask for treatment?

NOW: Postpartum depression is a real illness that has consequences for both you and the family. You do not have to do this alone. Get the help you need. ...Read more

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Is a hospital psych ward an appropriate place for postpartum psychosis treatment? I'm particularly concerned with use of anti-psychotic drugs!

At times, yes: Postpartum psychosis is an extremely serious illness. Women with postpartum psychosis may hallucinate and be delusional. Without treatment, may act on delusions. When ill, some have thought their babies were demonically possessed and needed to be killed. Temporary inpatient treatment can stabilize the mom, and protect both her & her infant. Antipsychotic medications may be life-saving. ...Read more

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What are available treatments for postpartum depression?

What are available treatments for postpartum depression?

Many Options: Depending on the severity here are options to consider talking with your obgyn and psychiatrist: 1) bright light therapy 2) psychotherapy 3) antidepressant drugs - some drugs, such as zoloft & paxil, end up in very low concentrations (if at all) in breast milk. 4) transcranial magnetic stimulation (tms) is an outpatient treatment that uses an MRI strength magnet to stimulate the brain. 5) and more. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for postpartum depression?

What are the best treatments for postpartum depression?

Therapy & medication: Psychotherapy with a mental health professional with specialization in treatment of postpartum emotional disorders is very effective. Many women often need medication as well. With treatment, there is a very high success rate. ...Read more

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Can postpartum depression, stress, anexiety and sleepless period end up with PVC , if all the tests are normal? How to stop it?

Can postpartum depression, stress, anexiety and sleepless period end up with PVC , if all the tests are normal? How to stop it?

Yes: All of the conditions you mentioned can affect your heart. If you are suffering any of these consult your doctor for symptom relief. Psychotherapy may also help you deal with these issues. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for insomnia?

What is the treatment for insomnia?

Many options: Short term meds, proper sleep hygiene, cognitive behavioral therapy, sleep restriction and stimulus control therapies, etc. A sleep specialist could help you sort through the options. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Bernstein
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Recently Gave Birth (Definition)

Postpartum is a term that means after the "separation of the mother and the baby", or after ...Read more