Diagnosing & Treating Postpartum Depression Online

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a form of depression that occurs after childbirth. People with postpartum depression usually experience feelings of sadness and/or anxiety that tend to interfere with the mom's ability to take care of herself and her family. Not all mothers develop postpartum depression, so the question remains: what causes postpartum depression?

This form of depression does not have a single cause, but instead by a combination of physical and emotional factors. After childbirth, the levels of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) in a woman's body quickly drop. This drop in hormones can lead to chemical changes in the mother's brain that may trigger mood swings. 

Additionally, catching up on sleep can be a real issue. Most mothers are unable to get the rest they need to fully recover from giving birth and this can lead to physical discomfort and exhaustion. Constant sleep deprivation can contribute to the symptoms of postpartum depression.

You and your online doctor can help determine the severity of your postpartum depression and what type of treatment is needed, or if a referral to a specialist is required.

During a video consult on TelaCare your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to postpartum depression. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history. Along with these questions, the doctor may ask you if you’ve had thoughts about harming yourself or your baby and what kind of support system you have at home.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans.

Depending on the cause and severity of your postpartum depression, your treatment plan may include:

  • Counseling/Therapy: This treatment involves talking one-on-one with a mental health professional.
  • Medication: Antidepressant medication act on the brain chemicals that are involved in mood regulation.

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 What is major depressive disorder?

Major depression is the most common form of depression. It is sometimes called major depression, clinical depression, unipolar depression or simply 'depression.' Major depressive disorder is typically when one has a low mood and/or loss of interest and pleasure in usual activities. Other symptoms can be a factor in depression and most of these symptoms will last for at least two weeks. Depression can be described as mild, moderate or severe. Severe cases of depression are either melancholia or psychotic.


 What is the difference between essential tremors and Parkinsons related tremors?

Essential tremor is a condition that causes uncontrollable shaking in different parts of the body, including the arms, hands, voice box (larynx), tongue, and chin. While an essential tremor often affect the voice and head, head tremors are uncommon in Parkinson’s. Additionally, essential tremor tends to worsen when a part of the body is in motion, while Parkinson’s-related tremors decrease when the body is in motion.

 Does TelaCare offer refunds?

No, All sales are final, and no refunds will be offered or accepted on services purchased from TelaCare. As we are a medical benefits company like any other benefit, once you accept our terms and conditions, you have purchased our services and accept this refund policy as a whole. Services can be canceled in the system at your discretion under account settings if your account is completed. Your satisfaction with your purchase is essential to us. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase for any reason, please contact us at support@telacare.com


 Can I get a prescription online?

Yes, in general you can get a prescription online. There is support for this nationwide, however there are several exceptions. 


 What is online therapy?

With the TelaCare web or mobile app, you can speak to a therapist, anytime, anywhere to address common behavioral health challenges, from the privacy and comfort of your own home. TelaCare's online therapy services are available nationwide and include a network of more than 650 therapists, social workers and other mental health disciplines with a wide variety of specialties.

 What is the difference between a therapist and psychiatrist?

A patient would see a psychiatrist for medication management and a psychologist for talk therapy. Sometimes the best form of treatment is a combination of both talk therapy and medication management. Psychiatrists and therapists are each able to evaluate a person to determine whether one or both treatments approaches are necessary, and can make recommendations based on their assessment.


 Can a doctor on TelaCare be my regular provider?

Unfortunately, no. Doctors on TelaCare are there to support your care between office visits, such as when you are traveling or when you have a non-emergency or low acuity health condition.

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