7 helpful tips for dealing with postpartum depression

7 helpful tips for dealing with postpartum depression

Dealing with postpartum depression can be easier said than done. However, with these helpful tips, you'll be more optimistic about addressing the issue!

The beautiful process of becoming a mother, unfortunately, cannot be considered unblemished.

Sure, there are tons amazing reasons to look forward to being a new mother, however, there also exists at least one big setback: postpartum depression.

The struggle mothers face with postpartum depression is never easy. For many it's overwhelming, but with the help of this list of 7 tips, moms everywhere will be able to deal with their postpartum depression in a more effective way!

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1. Power in numbers

According to the APA (American Psychological Association), 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression. That number may not seem to staggering, but it's always helpful to know that you're not alone in your struggle with postpartum depression.

In an age where communication is such a large aspect of life, reaching out to others who have or are dealing with postpartum depression is a must! There are plenty of support groups available, and of the ones on the internet, we suggest checking out Postpartum Progress.

Don't face this challenge alone, moms. If you're dealing with this common condition be proactive and gain insight from your peers or professionals!

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2. Find a local support group

If the lack of face-to-face interaction is too impersonal and doesn't suit your particular needs, make the effort to find a local support group in your area. It may sound cliche, but hearing the trials and tribulations of other mothers may be just what you've been looking for.

Not to mention that the relief you'll feel expressing everything on your mind in a constructive and supportive environment will put your worrisome mind at rest. If you feel you need to put your feelings into words, please consider checking out possible support groups in your area.

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3. Talk to your doctor about medications

Though sometimes this option is a bit superfluous, medical professionals are properly trained to diagnose any issues regarding postpartum depression. Your healthcare provider will be able to determine if you need to consider taking any action towards consuming appropriate medications.

For many mothers, taking antidepressants for a controlled period of time can be the lift needed to overcome postpartum depression. It can also promote more physical energy for mothers, which is typically fleeting and scarce for mothers dealing with postpartum depression.

4. Consult a qualified therapist

As mentioned, entry #3 can sometimes be superfluous. In many cases, medication may be too expensive and too extreme of a solution. Your first option should always be a therapist who is appropriately trained to deal with postpartum depression.

One-on-one support is always a viable and helpful option, and trained, specialised therapists are always going to be the cream of the crop for mothers who need to talk about their issues. Consult a therapist if you feel you need to and you'll thank yourself later!

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5. Look for help wherever you can

Sometimes it's the little things that can help the most. For some mothers, the motivation needed to conquer postpartum depression can come from family and friends; even if they've never experienced this disorder!

The important thing to consider when considering reaching out to your friends and family is that you be as active in seeking their help as possible. It can be difficult for mothers to reach out for help. Moms are typically strong and enduring and don't always feel the need to seek help. In cases like this, the more help and support from friends and family the better. So don;t be shy! Actively seek support and your close ones will gladly aid you in your fight against postpartum depression!

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6. Know that none of this is your fault

It's important to always keep in mind that no matter how severe your struggle with postpartum depression is, it's not your fault. You didn't choose to deal with this terrible affliction. Never make yourself feel any added pressure simply because you've been diagnosed with postpartum depression.

You aren't to blame for having to deal with it. You're simply the victim of a biological disorder. Don't allow the depression to make you feel as if you're at fault. Ever.

7. It's only temporary

Not to downplay the severity of the disorder, but it's important to remember that as with many things in life...it's only temporary. it won't last forever. If you're able to apply that understanding to your road to to recovery, you'll find it's much easier to manage.

It's easier said than done to convince yourself while depressed that the future holds brighter days. However, don't let it stop you from trying. Depression can often distort your outlook, but try to remain optimistic in the idea that things will soon get better.

This article was originally published by mother Lynn Shattuck on Mom.Me.

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