Natural treatments for postpartum depression

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Natural treatments for postpartum depression

Medication is a key part of treatment that leads to recovery for many women with postpartum depression (PPD), but it’s not the only way to approach treatment. For many people, talk therapy is at the center of a PPD treatment plan. For more mild cases of PPD, studies find that talk therapy can be as effective as medication. In addition to talk therapy, certain lifestyle changes can be helpful for lessening PPD symptoms.

Talk therapy

While individual psychotherapy is the most commonly prescribed method of talk therapy recommended for the treatment of postpartum depression, other types of therapy - including couples’ therapy, relationship therapy, and support groups - can be beneficial therapy options as well.

Therapy can help PPD patients figure out new strategies for dealing with symptoms and emotions. Therapy can also help patients set realistic goals, and reframe their mindsets in positive ways. Therapy can also help people figure out how to ask for help in ways that work best for them. It can also generally help people with PPD feel heard and know that their feelings are respected.

Lifestyle modifications

Medications and therapy are the two main pillars of treatment for postpartum depression, but certain lifestyle modifications – or changes to daily habits – may also be helpful in relieving PPD symptoms, in addition to treatment.

There is no one cure for PPD, but working with a team of healthcare providers who all have your individual case in mind can help you find the combination of treatments that work best for you. This plan may or may not include medication. Whether it does or not, you may find that a combination of lifestyle modifications and therapies are key parts of recovery as well.

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