Suffering with a postpartum mood disorders (depression, anxiety, OCD, psychosis) can feel very overwhelming. Many times it’s hard to know where to start and to know if you really need to reach out to a professional. I’m not a professional, but from my personal experience, I think it’s always better to seek treatment earlier than later.
- Therapy: There are many different types of therapy to pursue. Two very popular ones when it comes to postpartum mood disorders are cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.
- Medication: there are a variety of medications available. The Linda Project recommends seeing a professional that specializes in perinatal medicine to help with your medication choice. If you’re having problems finding the right medication there is genetic testing available that will be able to help you determine what medicine your body metabolizes the best.
- Holistic approach
- Out patient programs
I have compiled a list of helpful links for you that I hope will help guide you along your journey with a postpartum mood disorder (PPD).
PPD general information:
- Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota
- Postpartum Support International
- Postpartum Progress
- National Alliance for Mental Illness
Holistic treatment options
- Essential oils
- Naturopathic doctor
Outpatient programs – Minnesota
- The Worry Trap – This book is an excellent read for those who are practicing ACT therapy. I found it very helpful and it’s a very quick read.
- 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, by Dan Harris – This book is a great and easy read about how to incorporate a meditation practice into your daily lives.
- The “Calm” app – this is available through the App store as a free resource. It has great meditations, a daily check-in to see your progress, and educational resources.
- The Chemistry of Calm, by Henry Emmons – this book takes a natural approach to treating anxiety through your body, mind and spirit. You’ll learn about nutrition, supplements, meditation, and self-acceptance. It’s a great read!