The depression usually occurs in women after they have carried a child, often happening within the first few months. Symptoms include sadness, fatigue, insomnia, appetite changes, reduced libido, crying episodes, anxiety, and irritability.
The cause is unclear but it is said that lack of vitamins or a significant change in women’s hormones can bring about the change, although hormonal treatment has been tested and have shown no improvement to the victims. Many women recover because of a support group or counselling.
After a persons level of depression has been treated to a moderate level with the use of anti-depressants, hypnotherapy can be a great help. Medication will be able to treat the patient to a certain level but most will find they still lack control over their feelings and thoughts.
Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind which is used to feeling whatever it is we are feeling internally. If a mother is feeling a little better but is still plagued by images of her previous depressed state then she is giving ammunition to her subconscious mind to still feel stressed. However, hypnotherapy can help to retrain the subconscious mind to not feel these thoughts.
Hypnotherapy will also help to restore the self esteem by re-programming the unconscious mind into how the person wants to be and by helping the person to revery back to their former more confident self.
If you are someone you know are suffering with what you think might be postnatal depression please seek advice and support from your GP. If you feel like hypnotherapy is something that could work for you in this instance then you can contact a hypnotherapist using the homepage of this site.