Postpartum Depression Therapy

Understanding Postpartum Depression Therapy

Postpartum depression therapy is a vital part of the recovery process. It works with medication to help relieve with the symptoms of postpartum depression. It also helps people understand the root causes of the condition.

What is Postpartum Depression Therapy?

Through postpartum depression therapy, people work through their depression with the help of psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors or other therapists.

The affected person talks about their symptoms, understand the underlying causes of the disorder. Mental health care providers teach coping tools in a safe and professional environment.

The ultimate goal of postpartum depression therapy is to heal the mother or other affected people from the effects of their disorder and help them manage a higher quality of life.

Types of Postpartum Depression Therapy

Therapy, or psychotherapy, is a broad profession and there are many different approaches to it. Though there are different types of therapy, they all seek to treat postpartum depression.

Certain therapies may be better suited to different people or forms of postpartum depression. Some mental health care professionals specialize in specific therapy types while others offer several forms of therapy.

Here are five of the many different types of therapies available to mothers and others suffering from postpartum depression.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is perhaps the most well-known type of therapy. People undergoing CBT discuss their feelings and thoughts so that the therapist assess what thought patterns bring on depression and anxiety.

Therapists who specialize in CBT will also provide the mother with coping skills and self-help tools so she can feel equipped to control and manage her own symptoms.

Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a type of therapy that relieves symptoms by exploring the causes of postpartum depression and other contributing factors. IPT helps the person improve their relationships with better support and communication. This builds their confidence. IPT takes place over a set 12 to 16-week period following a specific treatment course.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) addresses traumatic experiences involved in postpartum depression. This makes it a useful therapy for women with postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), women who may have experienced traumatic childbirths or other circumstances.

Using brain stimulation techniques, the therapist helps reprocess traumatic memories in a way that alleviates the emotional attachment to the memories of the trauma.

Group Therapy

Group therapy or support groups help people understand postpartum depression by meeting others going through the same thing. Group therapy shows people how postpartum depression effects each family differently.

Listening to others share their experiences makes it easier for mothers to reflect on their own struggles. Group therapy provides education about postpartum depression, helpful coping tools and validation from therapists and other group members.

Couples Therapy

Postpartum depression takes a serious toll on marriages and relationships. Couples therapy opens lines of communication while providing a safe space for each person’s concerns to be heard. Therapists facilitate conversations and help couples identify relationship patterns that can cause problems. From there, the therapist helps the couple to correct these patterns and restore their emotional connection.

Benefits of Postpartum Depression Therapy

There are countless benefits to pursuing postpartum depression therapy, regardless of the approach taken. Here are some of the benefits women and their families can expect to gain by undergoing postpartum depression therapy.

Provides Long-Term Self-Help Skills

Postpartum depression therapy will help people learn coping and self-help tools that can be used to fully treat postpartum depression.

Strategies such as mindfulness, meditation and trigger recognition can help people cope with chronic depression and anxiety. These skills reduce the effects of depression while building confidence and increasing their quality of life.

Educates the Mother About Her Condition

For many women, the scariest part of postpartum depression is not understanding or being confused about the condition. Because of this confusion, women may feel significant guilt and shame.

Working with a trained mental health professional can help mothers come to understand their depression. Therapy reinforces that the condition was not their fault.  Therapy also validates the mother’s emotions and experiences in a warm and empathetic way.

Treatment Progress is Monitored

Working with mental health professionals is a great way to learn about postpartum depression and how to recover from it. Therapy allows women to work through their condition and understand the progress they make. Therapists can also make adjustments to treatment in response to the woman’s progress.

Therapy is a personal and vital way to treat postpartum depression. Therapy builds powerful, long-term mental and emotional habits that help anyone affected by postpartum depression. Team
Reviewed by:Kimberly Langdon M.D.

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Kimberly Langdon is a Doctor of Medicine and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1991. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Hospitals, Department of OB/GYN. Board-Certified in 1997, she is now retired from clinical practice after a long and successful career. Currently, she is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of a Medical Device Company that is introducing a patented products to treat vaginal microbial infections without the need for drugs. She is an expert in Vaginal Infections, Menstrual disorders, Menopause, and Contraception.

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Jenna Carberg was diagnosed with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter in 2016. It was a healthy birth but in following days, Jenna's mood changed quickly. Doctors suggested that it might be the "baby blues", but her husband Chris suggested she seek a second opinion. Jenna was diagnosed with postpartum depression and began a journey that lasted 9 long months with significant ups and downs. Jenna's mental health care and her experiences became a passion for her to share with the world. She and her husband Chris founded as a support website designed to help women suffering in silence and their loved ones.

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