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What is postpartum depression?

The “baby blues” is a mild and common form of depression that can affect new mothers. Postpartum depression (PPD), however, is a more severe and debilitating condition affecting one in seven women. What is supposed to feel like a joyous time can actually cause feelings of apathy, anxiety, and sadness.

There are short- and long-term symptoms of PPD, and these symptoms may cause new mothers to feel isolated, guilty, or ashamed. PPD is one of the most significant causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. Risks of untreated PPD include suicide, feeling unhappy in your marriage, and even problems in your baby’s development. If you suspect that you might be suffering from PPD, do not suffer in silence or dismiss your struggles.

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Mimi Winsberg, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Stanford-trained Psychiatrist with 25 years of practice

The signs & symptoms of postpartum depression.

Over 50% of PPD cases go unrecognized. We want to work towards lowering that statistic by recognizing more cases using validated screening tools. PPD is a severe mental health issue and can manifest as feeling disconnected from your baby, feelings of intense sadness, or feeling incompetent as a mother.

The key symptoms of postpartum depression include:

  • Feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, guilty or angry 
  • Crying frequently
  • Feeling numb or disconnected from your baby, not wanting to be around your baby or being worried you will hurt your baby
  • Unexplained physical ailments, such as headaches, nausea, and stomachaches
  • Being unable to find pleasure in any activities or withdrawing from social situations
  • Lacking energy and having difficulty focusing
  • Experiencing difficulties with sleeping, including being unable to fall asleep

Postpartum depression is a common and treatable condition, don’t wait to get the care you need.

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How we treat postpartum depression.

Once a diagnosis has been established, postpartum depression is generally treated with therapy, medication, or both. Talk with your provider about the best treatment option for you.

Medication

Antidepressants are shown to be effective in treating the symptoms of postpartum depression. At Brightside, we use your data and research to find the right medication for you.

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Therapy

We use evidence-based approaches to therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that are proven to be the most effective in treating postpartum depression.

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Self-Care

A comprehensive approach to care leads to better outcomes. By practicing daily healthy habits and self-care, you can reduce your symptoms of postpartum depression.

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Commonly prescribed medications.

At Brightside we prescribe over 30 different antidepressant medications. We’ll work with you to find the right medication for your individual needs and symptoms.

Affordable plans to help you feel better.

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Whether you choose medication, therapy, or both, our memberships include expert online care designed to help you feel better, faster.

  • Comprehensive video evaluation
  • Personalized treatment plan
  • Unlimited messaging
  • Unlimited video follow-ups with your provider
  • 4 video sessions with your therapist each month
  • Free medication delivery
  • Interactive Therapy lessons
  • Regular progress tracking

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Getting started is simple.

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Step 1

Fill out a quick questionnaire.

Start by answering a clinically-proven set of questions, which will help us understand your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan with Medication, Therapy, or both.

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Step 2

Meet your provider & start treatment.

Within 48 hours, you’ll have a video consultation where you can share how you’re feeling and decide on next steps together. If prescribed, your medication will be delivered to your door monthly.

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Make progress and feel better.

Unlimited messaging, video sessions, and regular check-ins help you stay in touch with your provider so they can monitor your symptoms and adjust until treatment is right for you.

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You’re in good hands. Our licensed providers are experts in treating postpartum depression.

  • Always see an expert psychiatric provider
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Laura Purdy, MD

Psychiatrist
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Frederica Boso, LMHC

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Life-changing results from real members.

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Melissa K.

“A literal life saver. So convenient, so effective, and more involved/high touch than my former psychiatrist was. I should have done this a year sooner.”

Kayla S.

“Brightside has made such a huge improvement on my quality of life. The ease of access, the convenience of the med delivery, and the intelligent check in scoring system all contribute to a next level quality of care.”

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“My provider has answered every question I’ve had, listened to worries and concerns and symptoms, assured me and is truly invested in my quality of care. I’ve gone from moderate-severe depression to mild depression in just 2 months.”

Rachael B

“I am so very grateful to have found Brightside. This is the most hopeful I have felt in maybe two years. Brightside isn't just working for me, it saved me. Brightside really turned may life around.”

Tyler K

“My life is so much better after starting with Brightside. My doctor truly cares about my well being and I’m just so grateful for this.”

Life-changing results from real members.

Melissa K.

“A literal life saver. So convenient, so effective, and more involved/high touch than my former psychiatrist was. I should have done this a year sooner.”

Kayla S.

“Brightside has made such a huge improvement on my quality of life. The ease of access, the convenience of the med delivery, and the intelligent check in scoring system all contribute to a next level quality of care.”

Anonymous

“My provider has answered every question I’ve had, listened to worries and concerns and symptoms, assured me and is truly invested in my quality of care. I’ve gone from moderate-severe depression to mild depression in just 2 months.”

Rachael B

“I am so very grateful to have found Brightside. This is the most hopeful I have felt in maybe two years. Brightside isn't just working for me, it saved me. Brightside really turned may life around.”

Tyler K

“My life is so much better after starting with Brightside. My doctor truly cares about my well being and I’m just so grateful for this.”

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What you need to know.

What causes postpartum depression?

The specific cause of PPD is unknown, and any new mother can experience the symptoms. Those who are at risk of developing PPD include women who have previously experienced depression or who have a family history of depression. 

Research has also shown that rapid changes in sex, stress, or thyroid hormones during and after delivery may contribute as well.

What are the risk factors for postpartum depression?

Other factors that may predispose you to PPD include:

  • History of premenstrual mood disorders
  • History of sexual abuse
  • High-risk pregnancy or traumatic birth
  • Biological factors, such as being a young mother or having diabetes
  • Social factors, such as low income, being a single mother, or experiencing domestic abuse
  • Lifestyle factors, such as poor sleep habits

How is postpartum depression diagnosed?

In order to diagnose PPD, your healthcare provider may use a clinically-validated screening tool such as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). This questionnaire consists of a list of 10 short statements. For each statement, you’ll say how often you’ve felt that way in the past seven days. The higher the score on the screener, the more likely that you may be suffering from PPD.

What are the treatment options for postpartum depression?

There is hope. PPD is treatable, and with proper treatment, you’ll be back to feeling like yourself again. PPD can be treated both with medication and without. 

Non-pharmacologic treatments for PPD include lifestyle changes, such as getting adequate sleep, proper nutrition, and plenty of exercise. Having a healthy social support system and getting your partner involved in your recovery is another treatment option. If you have the opportunity, ask friends, family, or your partner to take on additional responsibilities. This provides you time to exercise, time away from the baby, and time to get the sleep you need to recharge. Finally, getting connected with a therapist that specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to have great success in treating PPD without the use of medication. 

If indicated, a doctor will prescribe medication to treat the symptoms of PPD. When you first seek treatment, it is essential to get your symptoms under control. This can take anywhere from six to twelve weeks and is known as the acute phase of treatment. Once your symptoms have normalized, your doctor will continue your medication therapy for four to nine months. This period is critical to ensuring lasting effects and is called the continuation phase of treatment. If you’ve had three prior episodes of depression or have a history of depression in your past, you may need to continue treatment for longer. Once your doctor is confident that your symptoms have waned, they will discontinue the medication by slowly weaning you off. 

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What should I do if I suspect I’m experiencing postpartum depression?

If you think you might be suffering from PPD, there is a clinically validated screening tool called the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) you can take online to find out. This questionnaire is easy to take on your own and may bring clarity to your symptoms. This screening tool is a good exercise to start a conversation about PPD. It may be beneficial for all new moms to take (even in the third trimester of pregnancy before giving birth). A score higher than ten indicates possible PPD. If you score a ten or higher, we suggest making an appointment with your doctor to discuss treatment options.

If you know someone experiencing PPD, provide support whenever you can. Offer to take the baby for a few hours or set up a child-free get-together. Social support is vital for new moms suffering from PPD and can provide much-needed relief.

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