Can hypnotherapy help with postnatal depression?
The birth of a new baby can regrettably trigger depression for some mothers and fathers, instead of it being a thoroughly happy time. The expectations placed on new mothers and fathers can be high, which makes coping with postnatal depression a lot more stressful, embarrassing and sometimes isolating.
However, parents who suffer from postnatal depression are not alone; as many as 15% of new mums and dads are believed to have been through similar issues. Seeing that new parents who find themselves troubled with this disorder often don’t ask for help, the real numbers might well be much higher.
Indications of postnatal depression
Postnatal depression is very similar to other forms of depression. Even so, becoming a parent brings with it particular problems and issues which can make it difficult to tell whether you have depression, are just worn out or still adjusting to life with your newborn baby.
Here are some prevalent symptoms:
- Becoming emotionally low or tearful.
- Fatigue or low energy levels.
- Feeling cranky or easily angered.
- Unable to sleep.
- Unconventional eating habits - This might be either feelings of elevated hunger, leading to overeating, or diminished interest in food.
- Reduction in fun.
- Deficient sexual libido.
- Pessimistic or guilty thoughts about yourself.
- Avoiding social circumstances, even with friends or family.
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings.
In rare cases, some people might experience extreme symptoms such as believing unusual things or hearing voices.
How a hypnotic approach can help
Hypnotherapy has proven to be a helpful method for addressing postnatal depression for lots of people. Whilst prescription medication can be temporarily helpful, the improvements they bring may well be limited. This can often be because the postnatal depression is a continuation of depression experienced before or during pregnancy, or due to the fact its onset is connected to upsetting life occurrences such as divorce, loss in the family, or lack of support. Because of this, prescription medication might only work in lifting your mood a little. For lots of people, some sort of therapeutic approach or psychotherapy, or even a support group, tends to supply the best long-term healing effects.
A hypnotic approach works by interacting with the subconscious mind; thus a hypnotherapist may reveal any underlying reasons behind the postnatal depression. Many mums and dads feel bad about struggling with these issues because they have a strong picture in their mind of how they believe they should be responding and feeling. Even when a parent is struggling to bond with her new baby, the real reason for the problems might not be the infant in any respect.
The reality is, there are a range of different causes for postnatal depression, and each person may have a different experience of it. With the help of a hypnotherapist, the beliefs which are causing the depression may be "re-programmed", therefore freeing you so that you can begin to enjoy spending time with your new baby.
Due to the possible seriousness of postnatal depression your GP's advice should always be sought before embarking on hypnotherapy.
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Samantha Culshaw-Robinson a Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing in Nottingham. She practices Clinical Hypnotherapy to help weight control (including the hypnotic gastric band), relieve anxiety, fear of flying, improve sports performance and many other issues.