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Postpartum unipolar major depression: General principles of treatment

Author
Adele Viguera, MD
Section Editors
Peter P Roy-Byrne, MD
Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Deputy Editor
David Solomon, MD

INTRODUCTION

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.

(See "Mild to moderate postpartum unipolar major depression: Treatment".)

(See "Severe postpartum unipolar major depression: Treatment".)

(See "Postpartum unipolar major depression: Epidemiology, clinical features, assessment, and diagnosis".)

            

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