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What are the Options for Remedying Treatment-Resistant Postpartum Depression?

About 15% of new moms experience postpartum depression, a form of severe depression that can develop during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth. Different than “baby blues,” postpartum depression is a severe mood disorder that often requires medical care.

Pregnancy and having a baby causes dramatic changes in your body — physically, mentally, and emotionally. Many new mothers feel overwhelmed, sad, or withdrawn, but these feelings often fade within a few weeks of giving birth.

If your symptoms last longer than a few weeks, you may have postpartum depression. Annette Lusko, DO, and our caring team at Ketamine Integrative Medicine can help you find a remedy for your condition. Read on to learn more about the signs of postpartum depression and what to do if your depression doesn’t respond to traditional treatments.

Identifying postpartum depression

As many as 75% of all new mothers experience mental and emotional changes with pregnancy and having a baby. Commonly called the baby blues, postpartum blues can make you feel anxiety and sadness, and you might cry frequently without knowing why.

The symptoms of postpartum blues generally appear within a week of giving birth, and the symptoms generally begin to ease in a few weeks.

Postpartum depression lasts longer than baby blues, and it’s much more severe. Common signs of postpartum depression include:

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek help. Many women are embarrassed to admit they feel depressed after having a baby, because it’s supposed to be a happy time. But ignoring the signs of postpartum depression can put the health of you and your baby at risk.

Options for treating postpartum depression 

Postpartum depression is triggered by pregnancy or giving birth, but it’s generally treated in the same way as other types of depression. At Ketamine Integrative Medicine, we take a comprehensive approach to treating depression. While combining antidepressant medication and talk therapy has helped many women improve their depression symptoms, this approach doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, studies estimate that up to 50% of people with depression don’t find adequate relief from traditional methods.

Dr. Lusko can help you find the right treatment for your postpartum depression. If antidepressants or psychotherapy aren’t enough, she may be able to provide ketamine therapy for treatment-resistant depression. 

Ketamine works differently than traditional medications. While traditional medications take time to build up and become effective in your body, ketamine begins working instantly. It stimulates NMDA and AMPA receptors in your brain and helps regulate mood.

Another option for treatment-resistant depression is SPRAVATO™. Taken in combination with oral antidepressant medications, SPRAVATO strengthens the effects of the medications to address treatment-resistant depression.

If you think you might be suffering from postpartum depression, don’t wait to seek treatment. Book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine to find out if ketamine therapy could be right for you.

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