Postnatal depression affects many parents, and some suffer in silence without knowing that, although it’s a horrible condition, there are things that can be done to help. Although postnatal depression has traditionally been seen as an issue affecting women, there is growing evidence that it, or something similar, also affects men. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which it can be alleviated. This post aims to both explain postnatal depression, and how show how hypnotherapy can help.
What is postnatal depression?
Postnatal depression affects 1 in 10 women within a year of giving birth, meaning it’s a very common issue. It’s definitely nothing to feel ashamed about, although, unfortunately, many women do as they feel they’re in some way neglecting their duties as a mother.
The symptoms of postnatal depression are numerous, and it’s impossible to list them all here. But below is a list of the most common signs that you could be suffering from postnatal depression.
- Persistent feeling of sadness or low mood
- Lack of enjoyment and loss of interest in your hobbies
- Lack of energy or feeling drowsy a lot of the time
- Withdrawing from people
- Problems concentrating
- Frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby
It is important to make a distinction between the so-called “baby blues” and postnatal depression. The “baby blues” is a period a week or so after pregnancy when the mother can feel tearful, anxious, or generally down. This is completely normal, but it doesn’t last for more than a few weeks. If these symptoms do persist, it is a sign that you might have postnatal depression.
Treating postnatal depression
Fortunately, although postnatal depression is an unpleasant and troubling experience, many women make a full recovery after seeking treatment. The NHS recommends a number of effective treatments including self-help, therapy, and antidepressants. Antidepressants will only be prescribed if your depression is more severe, or other treatments haven’t helped.
Treating postnatal depression with hypnotherapy
As previously stated, the NHS recommends therapy as a possible treatment for postnatal depression. Therapy is an umbrella term which covers many techniques, including hypnotherapy. In the UK, hypnosis is becoming an increasing common treatment used to reduce the risk of postnatal care.
Hypnotherapy works by uncovering the cause of depression and allowing you to face it head on, rather than burying it. It can also help you to develop better coping strategies, helping you deal with postnatal depression and recover. Hypnotherapy does this using the power of suggestive thought to bring about subconscious changes in our thoughts and thinking patterns.
The benefit of hypnotherapy doesn’t stop simple at postnatal depression, it can also help both expectant mothers and fathers to deal with any anxieties, or other negative emotions, surrounding conception, parenting, and the birth itself.
Hypnotherapy has also been shown to reduce the length of labour and the need for pain relief, showing that it really benefits childbirth in a holistic way.
So there you have it. If you’re expecting, or planning on expecting soon, hypnotherapy can really help to reduce your anxieties and other negative thoughts surrounding conception, childbirth, and parenthood.
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