If you are concerned that you or a family member is suffering from a perinatal mood disorder, please contact your family doctor or psychiatrist and describe the impact your symptoms are having on your day-to-day life. The information on this website should not replace the advice of a physician. Please discuss any actions you may take with your doctor.
- Maintain proper nutrition and diet by eating more vegetables, fruits, foods rich in vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids, and drinking more water.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol.
- Get rest and regular exercise, which produces endorphins (mood enhancers) that help combat fatigue, lethargy, sleep disturbances, etc.
- Use stress management techniques such as yoga, guided imagery and breathing exercises.
- Get into a regular routine with baby.
Psychotherapy and Counseling:
Psychotherapy and counseling is either used along with medication or in women experiencing mild depression or anxiety, it can be the only form of treatment. Group therapy can be particularly effective in treating perinatal anxiety & mood disorders.
Antidepressants improve sleep, appetite, and energy level; ideally medication should be used in conjunction with ‘talk therapy’ and support. These medications can be prescribed by a physician or psychiatrist, usually for those experiencing moderate to severe depression. For information regarding the use of medication while pregnant or breastfeeding, please visit www.motherisk.org.
Alternative treatments include acupuncture, homeopathy, light therapy and herbal remedies. Women should check with their treating physician when considering alternative treatments.