Treatments for postpartum depression include counseling for both parents of the new child and antidepressant medications, according to WebMD. Women with severe depression should consider both counseling and antidepressants, while women with mild depression may benefit from counseling alone.
Postpartum depression is a long-lasting form of depression that may accompany the birth of a child, explains Mayo Clinic. It's necessary to contact a doctor if the symptoms of postpartum depression don't fade after two weeks, if they increase in severity, if they make it hard to take care of the baby, or if the mother's depression includes thoughts of harming herself of her baby. Keeping track of symptoms before going to the doctor can help a woman receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.