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Severe postpartum unipolar major depression: Treatment

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

INTRODUCTION

Although delivering a baby is typically a happy event, some postpartum women become depressed. Patients may manifest postpartum blues consisting of mild depressive symptoms that are 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 choosing a specific treatment for severe postpartum unipolar major depression. Other topics discuss treatment of mild to moderate episodes of postpartum unipolar major depression, the clinical features and diagnosis of postpartum major depression, safety of infant exposure to psychotropic drugs through breastfeeding, and the diagnosis and treatment of antepartum unipolar major depression and postpartum bipolar mood episodes.

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

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

(See "Safety of infant exposure to antidepressants and benzodiazepines through breastfeeding".)

                   

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