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Dealing With Relapses

posted Aug 25, 2014, 9:36 PM by AndrewandSarah Witzel

Months or even years after a recovery from your perinatal mood disorder, you may experience a return of your symptoms. This is known as a relapse. Many people are aware that relapses are common after the birth of another baby, but they can occur at any time.

Don’t wait to seek help. A few days of feeling unwell may just be a phase, but a few weeks of recurrent symptoms warrants an appointment with your healthcare provider. Physical causes of your symptoms, such as anemia, thyroid problems, or a new pregnancy, should be ruled out.


Don’t wait to seek help. A few days of feeling unwell may just be a phase, but a few weeks of recurrent symptoms warrants an appointment with your healthcare provider. Physical causes of your symptoms, such as anemia, thyroid problems, or a new pregnancy, should be ruled out.

One advantage of dealing with a relapse versus the initial onset of mental illness is that you already know what works for you. If a certain medication or kind of therapy helped the first time, chances are that it will again. Another advantage is that you are already familiar with your symptoms and thus will be able to seek help sooner this time around.
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