Postpartum depression treatment

Dr. Shamsah Amersi, MD Obstetrician and Gynecologist, shares advice for women on how to treat postpartum depression, and the importance of asking for help. Postpartum depression is highly treatable and critical to the well-being of mother, baby, and family.
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Postpartum depression treatment Postpartum depression is easily treatable once you ask for help. It is important to call your doctor because you can't treat this by yourself. You should call your doctor immediately, especially if you are having thoughts of hurting your baby or yourself. The treatments for postpartum depression include a combination of psychotherapy, as well as, pharmacotherapy. Counseling is the first step and taking the time to talk to somebody and enlisting the help of your loved ones to get help, allowing yourself time away from the baby, getting a chance to rest, and encouraging behavioral changes that would improve your symptoms. This includes a healthy lifestyle, exercise, a decrease in caffeine and alcohol, maybe joining a support group and talking to other mothers. Also, setting a realistic expectation for yourself and removing the pressure of being the perfect parent. Ultimately, patients will need some type of pharmacotherapy. Be open to this. It's safe to take while your breastfeeding. It works. It really works. If you take care of yourself, you will be able to take better care of your baby.

Dr. Shamsah Amersi, MD Obstetrician and Gynecologist, shares advice for women on how to treat postpartum depression, and the importance of asking for help. Postpartum depression is highly treatable and critical to the well-being of mother, baby, and family.

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Shamsah Amersi, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Shamsah Amersi, MD is a preeminent Board Certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree in psychobiology from UCLA, where she graduated summa cum laude, with Phi Beta Kappa membership. At the prestigious, UC San Francisco medical school, Dr. Amersi graduated with top honors, and was recognized as a distinguished member of alpha omega alpha, an honor society for the top 5% of all medical doctors.

Dr. Amersi has received numerous professional and academic awards, including the University of California Distinguished Scholar Award for four consecutive years, an endowed merit scholarship, and the UCLA Alumni Association Achievement Award for four consecutive years. Through her private practice in Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Amersi is the personal physician to several Hollywood A-list celebrities. Dr. Amersi has been in private practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist for over ten years. She specializes in natural child birth, offers VBACs to her patients, and focuses on natural conservative treatment options, minimally invasive surgery, and bioidentical hormone replacement. Her favorite part of her job is delivering babies and sharing this intimate journey with her patients. She provides comprehensive compassionate care for all phases of a woman's life from adolescence through menopause.  Her special interest in female sexuality, libido and the effects of childbirth on pelvic prolapse has led to Dr. Amersi's renowned expertise in these fields. She performs both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for pelvic prolapse and vaginal relaxation.

 

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