Know the Signs of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression can be treated in several ways. Support groups may help. Some women go to therapy or counseling with a mental health professional. This professional may talk with the woman about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medications.

The most commonly used antidepressants for postpartum depression come from a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Here are the names of some of those drugs:

-Zoloft (sertraline)

-Paxil (paroxetine)

-Celexa (citalopram)

-Prozac (fluoxetine)

Like many drugs, antidepressants can have side effects. Women differ in the type and seriousness of the side effects that they have. Because no drug is proven to be entirely safe, a woman and her health care team must look at her case and weigh the risks and benefits of various drugs.