Treatment for Postpartum Rage

The good news is there are several effective treatments for postpartum rage. They can be used alone or, more commonly, as part of a more comprehensive plan that includes multiple approaches.

“Getting professional help is the best option. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) challenges different beliefs, perspectives, and schemes, while dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) can challenge emotional instability.”

Talkspace therapist Meaghan Rice, PsyD, LPC

1. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is a type of psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy) that can be effective in helping manage the overwhelming anger and other symptoms of postpartum rage. 

During CBT sessions, you can get professional medical advice about your feelings, frustrations, and rage from a licensed and trained therapist. The goal is to find the underlying issues that might be contributing to your anger. Once you’re able to identify unhealthy behavior and thought processes, you can learn how to alter them and begin to make healthier choices. 

2. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavioral therapy takes CBT a step further by helping you learn ways to cope with anger so you can live “in the moment” and reduce stress and anxiety. DBT teaches and enforces the use of mindfulness skills so you can control your emotions better and find other ways to improve relationships.

3. Medication

Certain medications can be used short-term as an effective way to treat postpartum depression and anger. Some medications can be used alone, but most women see better results if it’s used in conjunction with therapy and/or other holistic treatment options. 

Medications that might be prescribed can include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). These medications work by increasing levels of mood-stabilizing brain chemicals in the body.

4. Support

In addition to therapy and possibly medication, it’s a good idea to build a support system if you don’t already have one. Remember: you just had a baby, so don’t try to do all of the things you used to. 

Enlist friends or family members who can help you out — let them assist with chores, keep you company, or even just take the baby for a few hours to give you a break. Online and peer support groups can also be helpful, especially if you live far away from family or are new to an area.

4. Lifestyle changes

Making simple adjustments to your lifestyle and daily routine might help you deal with postpartum rage. 

Getting exercise, doing yoga, journaling, eating healthy, doing meditation, or making sure that you take time for yourself are always important things new moms can do. They become especially essential if you’re trying to navigate the challenging aspects of postpartum rage. 

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