What Treatments are Available for Postpartum Mothers?
Postpartum depression can develop into one or more of many common disorders including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other brain dysfunctions. Formulating the proper treatment plan for the patient’s unique situation is critical.
At Bridgepoint, our trained specialists conduct a thorough evaluation with each patient to ensure a proper diagnosis first. Then, a comprehensive treatment plan to address the underlying mental health issue is developed with all health care professionals involved.
A first step in treatment is to ensure a healthy lifestyle is adopted by the mother (and the entire family). Exercise is a vital part of a robust life, and we encourage mothers to adopt a regular regimen of exercise. Include your baby whenever possible — take walks with your baby or have the baby nearby when exercising.
We also want to ensure your brain is functioning properly to provide positive reinforcement to counter any negative thoughts. Individual or group therapy is always an option to help re-train the brain in healthy thought patterns. We can also help train you to address and resolve the negative emotions you are experiencing.
Your diet is an important factor in mental health. We will work with you to ensure your meal plans include the right nutrients to stimulate healthy brain function as well as your body’s physical needs during this period.
Medications may be a part of your therapy. As with any prescriptions, be sure your professional is licensed and trained to ensure the right medicines are employed. The wrong medications can make your condition worse.
How do I Get Started?
If you feel that you or a loved one may be experiencing postpartum depression, we encourage you to take a positive step toward healing and contact us at Bridgepoint today. We will quickly assess and diagnose your situation so that you can begin returning to a healthy mental state for you and providing a healthy home where your new baby can thrive.