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.
Now . If you are suffering to the point that you are posting this question here, why wait to get yourself some help? You and your child will be much better off if you are functioning up to your full potential, and sooner than later is best. Good luck to you.

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What is the best treatment for postpartum depression?

Seek help. Postpartum depression is a common, and potentially serious condition that requires medical intervention. (and, it should be noted, can effect fathers as well.) one should not be embarrassed to seek treatment, a doctor can evaluate the patient and help develop a plan to deal with it. If one has thoughts that the may harm themselves, or the baby, they should seek emergency care immediately. Read more...
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...
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...

What are the best treatments for postpartum depression?

Medication. Despite tv commercials blasting their safety, it is a fact that our current anti-depressants (such as zoloft, (sertraline) celexa, etc.) are extremely helpful, with a rapid response to post-partum depression. In conjunction with counseling (if needed), most women will see a rapid return to normalcy and a happy, enjoyable time with their newborn. Read more...
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...

What are available treatments for postpartum depression?

Meds/Psychotherapy. Depending on severity, medication might be prescribed. Psychotherapy will help to cope with transitions/changes new baby brings to the family; will also help you figure out how to fit in self-care into your routine, some me time that is important. In severe cases, when there' s a danger to the baby or the mother, then hospitalization is warranted. Read more...
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, (paroxetine) 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...
Group Support. Another treatment option is to explore group support, through group therapy or meet ups. This can be in a formal setting like a postpartum support group or a less formal local mom meet up. One of the goals is to increase your support network and avoid taking on PPD alone. Read more...