Safe and Effective Options for Treating Postpartum Depression

Noah Warren
September 29, 2023

Postpartum depression affects up to 20% of women in the first year after giving birth. It can cause significant emotional distress and negatively impact the mother's relationship with her child and other family members. Fortunately, there are effective treatment options for postpartum depression, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. In this blog post, we explore these safe and effective treatments for postpartum depression.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy

TMS therapy is a safe and non-invasive treatment for postpartum depression. It uses magnetic pulses to stimulate specific areas of the brain that are involved in regulating mood and emotions.

According to Dr. Mark George, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, "TMS works by delivering highly focused magnetic fields to specific areas of the brain, inducing electrical currents in those areas. With enough magnetic fields, you can produce an electrical current large enough to make brain cells fire."

Research has shown that TMS therapy can be effective in reducing symptoms of postpartum depression, with one study showing that approximately 70% of patients experienced a significant improvement in their symptoms.

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is another safe and effective treatment option for postpartum depression. Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that has been used for decades in clinical settings. The therapy involves taking ketamine under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional while undergoing psychotherapy sessions.

According to Dr. Ron Duman, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Yale University, ketamine works on glutamate, one of the most important neurotransmitters in the brain, leading to the formation of new connections between brain cells and producing changes in mood.

Several studies have reported positive results in using ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for postpartum depression, highlighting the potential benefits of this innovative treatment option.


Postpartum depression is a treatable condition, and there are several safe and effective treatment options available. TMS therapy and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy are both promising options for individuals struggling with postpartum depression.

It is crucial to discuss these alternative treatment options with a licensed mental health professional to determine if they are appropriate for your individual needs. With continued research and responsible implementation, these treatments may provide a valuable option for individuals seeking relief from postpartum depression.

Remember, seeking treatment is a personal choice, and it is important to find the right fit for your individual needs. Always prioritize your safety and wellbeing, and discuss any questions or concerns with a licensed mental health professional. Contact Roots Mental Wellness today.

Noah Warren
Director of Business Development