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December 2005
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Marcia Doniger, Margaret Georgiann (illustrations), Abby J. Vogel, M.S. and Harrison Wein, Ph.D.

Healing from depression

Healing From Depression
Research Points the Way to Recovery
Depression can be treated with medications or talk therapy, and both have supporters with countless studies to prove how effective they are. But researchers now know that all depression is not equal, and that different people need different approaches to get better. For someone suffering from depression, the bottom line is that depression can usually be treated effectively with one or a combination of treatments. The trick is figuring out which treatments work best for which people.

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Understanding Postpartum Depression
Common but Treatable
Many women have mood swings right after childbirth. They can be happy one minute and sad the next. Even when their baby is asleep, they may have difficulty sleeping, eating and feel a little depressed. If these symptoms begin a few days after delivery and go away after 7-10 days without treatment, they are in all likelihood the “baby blues,” a short-lasting condition that 50-80% of women feel and that usually doesn’t require medical intervention. Clinically diagnosed postpartum depression, however, is another story.

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