Postpartum unipolar major depression: General principles of treatment
- Adele Viguera, MD
Adele Viguera, MD
- Director of Research, Women’s Mental Health; Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
- Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
- Section Editors
- Peter P Roy-Byrne, MD
Peter P Roy-Byrne, MD
- Editor-in-Chief — Psychiatry
- Section Editor — Depressive Disorders
- Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
- University of Washington School of Medicine
- Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
- Section Editor — Obstetrics
- Senior Vice President, USF Health
- Dean, Morsani College of Medicine
- Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
- University of South Florida
Although the delivery of a baby is typically a happy event, some postpartum women become depressed. Patients may manifest postpartum blues consisting of mild depressive symptoms that are generally self-limited, or more severe syndromes such as unipolar major depression. Untreated postpartum major depression can result in both short- and long-term negative consequences for the mother and infant [1-4].
This topic reviews the general principles of treating postpartum unipolar major depression. Other topics discuss choosing a specific treatment for postpartum unipolar major depression, the clinical features and diagnosis of postpartum major depression, and the safety of infant exposure to psychotropic drugs through lactation.
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