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What can be done about Postnatal Depression?

The birth of a baby is viewed as a cause for celebration, yet for a number of women, and a few men too, it can mark the start of a very hard depressive episode. Dealing with postnatal depression may be extremely lonely and hard, as public expectations for new parents to be pleased can weigh heavily.

Even so, this condition is by no means rare; between 10 – 15% of new mums and dads are thought to suffer from some kind of depression. In fact the real numbers may be higher than this, since many individuals avoid seeking help.

Postnatal Depression Symptoms

Postnatal depression in men and women is like other types of depression. The initial difficulties and pressures of becoming a parent, however, will make it increasingly confusing, as you may not grasp what is ‘normal’ or not, or whether you’re simply feeling over-tired from taking care of a new baby. Common symptoms of postnatal depression include:

  • Sadness, low mood and/or tearfulness
  • Reduced energy or exhaustion
  • Very easily angered or annoyed
  • Inability to sleep at night
  • Changes in desire for food – This might manifest as loss of appetite, or increased appetite producing comfort eating and over eating.
  • Very little joy in life
  • Minimal sexual libido
  • Anxiousness
  • Undesirable or remorseful thoughts about yourself
  • Often unwilling to go out with family or friends
  • Despondency
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • In rare cases, some people might experience severe symptoms like believing peculiar things or listening to voices

Where might I find postnatal depression support?

Lots of individuals with postnatal depression symptoms have found Hypnotherapy to be very useful. Although a few find anti-depressants to be useful for a while, their benefits will often prove limited with time. Quite often it is because disturbing events may have brought on or brought about the postnatal depression, that are still unresolved, or as the postnatal depression is actually an extension of pre-existing depressive disorders or fear. Thus, medication can only help so much. Some people also find support groups and/or some kind of counselling or therapy to be for bringing long-term changes.

Because the hypnotherapist predominantly works with the subconscious mind, they will address and treat the root cause, and not just the symptoms of Postnatal Depression. Frequently new parents that suffer with postnatal depression feel embarrassed or guilty of suffering with depression at this time, because they feel that their problems make no sense and they ought to be happy. For mothers who feel incapable of spending time with their infant this is often especially difficult, yet there’s a reason somewhere, and it’s typically not necessarily the baby.

In fact, many underlying reasons can trigger postnatal depression, and each person’s experience is unique. By working with a hypnotherapist, you can begin to ‘re-educate’ the mind, in a way specific to your needs, to free you from the melancholy, and to allow you to learn to enjoy being a mother or father.

“You don’t even need to be in the same room as the hypnotherapist for this therapy to be effective, and it can be offered in the evening and at weekends via Webcam. If you’d like to find out more you can contact us here.