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.To continue reading this article, you must log in with your personal, hospital, or group practice subscription. For more information on subscription options, click below on the option that best describes you:
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