The best way out of postpartum mental crisis depends on its intensity and development; in cases of lighter depression, resorting to self-help may suffice. Self-help can accompany other measures in moderate depressions but it is often insufficient so it is recommended to enlist the help of experts. Immediate professional help is indispensable in severe postpartum depressions or even psychoses. If the woman is experiencing suicidal thoughts, or if the family surroundings present an additional stress factor for the mother, a hospital stay in a specialised mother and baby unit is recommended. We distinguish between the following forms of professional treatment depending on the intensity of the depression, examination results and personal preferences: professional counselling, psychotherapy, psychop,harmacological therapy, in-patient treatment, care offers, hormone therapy, natural therapy, alternative medicine and complimentary therapy. These forms of treatment can be combined with one another.