- Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
- November 2010 - Volume 48 · Issue 11: 30-36
The use of complementary and alternative therapies for depression is an issue of growing interest for practitioners who care for women. Postpartum depression is a serious and debilitating illness that affects many women, their infants, and families. Often, women do not report feelings of sadness or depression to their health care providers due to stigma. Some women have multiple concerns in using prescription drugs, especially if they are breastfeeding their infants. In addition, more women are educating themselves about the potential side and adverse effects of prescriptions drugs and are exploring complementary and alternative therapies. With the availability of information from multiple sources, whether accurate or not, women may be using these therapies inappropriately. Two major concerns in using complementary and alternative therapies are the purity and safety of the herbs and herbal formulations and the potential lack of communication between the client and health care provider.
Dr. Gossler is Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing, Knoxville, Tennessee.
The author discloses that she has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.
Address correspondence to Sandra M. Gossler, PhD, APRN-BC, IBCLC, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing, 1200 Volunteer Boulevard, Office 143, Knoxville, TN 37996-4180; e-mail: .firstname.lastname@example.org