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Postpartum Depression

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression occurs after the birth of a child. It is a serious condition both for the mother and for her family.

How is Postpartum Depression Diagnosed?

Postpartum depression is diagnosed by a doctor who reviews your history and symptoms.

Postpartum depression can be treated with a combination of:

  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Behavior change that is aligned with the challenges of motherhood
  • Medication

Our doctors care for mothers who are expecting babies, babies after they are born, and mothers after they have given birth. We routinely watch for postpartum depression and often have the advantage of knowing the mother prior to the birth of her child.

Contact Us

If you have recently had a child and are feeling down and overwhelmed, contact one of our family medicine locations to make an appointment.

Postpartum Depression: Additional Resources

From UPMC patient education materials:

From our Health Library:

Contact a Family Medicine Health Center

UPMC's Department of Family Medicine has several locations throughout the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Find a family medicine health center close to you and call us to make an appointment or find out how we can help you with your primary care needs.

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For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

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