Support and Training to Enhance Primary Care for Postpartum Depression

Overcoming Barriers to Treatment

As discussed in the Assessment module, both provider and patient can face barriers that make engagement difficult to achieve. Overcoming these barriers and fully engaging women throughout the treatment process will facilitate a more rapid recovery with fewer complications. Click on the following links to display common barriers to treatment for patients and providers, along with tips to overcome the barriers and proceed effectively with treatment: 73

  • Validation that she is not "crazy" but is suffering from a treatable medical illness
  • Reassurance that she will receive nonjudgmental help
  • Hope that she will get better

Common Patient-Oriented Barriers

Common Provider-Oriented Barriers