How is postpartum major depressive disorder treated?

Updated: Aug 06, 2020
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Principles of treatment of postpartum major depressive disorder are the same as for depression during any other time of life. Earlier initiation of treatment is associated with better prognosis. [199]

A Cochrane review of 28 trials involving approximately 17,000 women concluded that psychosocial and psychological interventions can significantly reduce the number of women who develop postpartum depression. Women who received interventions including intensive, individualized postpartum home visits by nurses and midwives; peer-based telephone support; and interpersonal psychotherapy had an average risk ratio of 0.78, compared with women who received standard care.

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