Considering medications for postpartum depression

Kimberly Wong, Postpartum Depression Activist, explains the factors that women with postpartum depression should consider before taking medication to help with their postpartum depression
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Considering medications for postpartum depression

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For some women who are experiencing prenatal depression or related mood and anxiety disorder the issue of medication becomes one that the woman and her doctor or a trusted mental health professional should talk about on a case-by-case basis. It is one of the treatment options that is available and there are antidepressants that are considered safe for breastfeeding. But again, it is really an individual decision to be made by the woman in consultation with her doctor and her mental health professional.

Kimberly Wong, Postpartum Depression Activist, explains the factors that women with postpartum depression should consider before taking medication to help with their postpartum depression

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Kimberly Wong

Postpartum Depression Activist

Kimberly Wong, Founder and Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force, has been an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office for 17 years and serves as Special Counsel/Legislative Analyst to the Public Defender. Kimberly co-chairs the Legislative Issues Committee of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council and is a member of the Council’s Executive Committee. As a result of suffering life-threatening postpartum depression in 2003, after her recovery, Kimberly focused on volunteer activity to promote awareness and to increase knowledge about maternal depression. She volunteered as a phone support volunteer through Postpartum Support International and then served on the Board of PSI for three years. 

In February 2007, Ms. Wong formed and currently co-chairs the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force, a network of over 30 individuals representing more than 15 public and private agencies involved in outreach, screening, and treatment services for perinatal depression and related mood disorders, along with community leaders, research partners, and advocates for mothers, infants, and families. The mission of the Task Force is to create an infrastructure in Los Angeles County to address perinatal mood disorders through education, universal screening and linkage to informed services, with particular focus on high risk women and girls, including those who are court involved, substance abusers and domestic violence victims. The Task Force is a project of Community Partners, its 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. 

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