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Postnatal depression and hypnotherapy

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.

For more information please contact me on: 07870 893226.


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Using hypnotherapy to treat depression in men.

Talking about issues surrounding mental health has become easier in recent years as publicity and acceptance continues to grow. This means a lot of people have felt able to speak up and get help for whatever may be troubling them. There’s no doubt that this increased openness and acceptance has led to many being able to work through their problems and lead happier, more balanced lives.

Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good. There’s a discrepancy between the number of men and women who ask for help. Men are far less likely to seek counselling, hypnotherapy, or similar methods of support if they’re feeling anxious or depressed. In extreme cases, this inability to get support can lead to suicide, and men represent 75% of the total number of people who take their lives each year. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

It isn’t that men are particularly prone to depression, it’s mainly that many (but not all) men find it hard to ask for help with emotional issues. This can be for a number of reasons, but mainly it is because society often expects men to be strong, and able to deal with stress and emotions without seeking help. But this outdated view needs to be challenged.

Depression is a deeply personal experience, and everyone will have different symptoms, both physical and mental. However, there are some things to look out for. A continuous low mood, low self-esteem, apathy, and feeling anxious or worried are all psychological signs that you might be suffering from depression. There are also some physical symptoms including changes in appetite, lack of energy, and disturbed sleep.

The good news is that there are many ways in which you can seek help. Dealing with depression often varies based on its severity, and the sort of help the individual wants. As previously said, depression is deeply individual, and as such the treatment is also very personal. Some may prefer talking therapy, others self-help groups. Anti-depressants are often used to help treat depression, but should be used in conjunction with other treatments such as counselling.

Hypnotherapy is another effective method of treating depression. You can instantly dispel any images you may have of someone dangling a pocket watch in front of your eyes and sending you to sleep. Hypnotherapy’s aim is to use the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change in our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. The cause of depression is often suppressed or forgotten, and hypnotherapy can help to discover it roots and help you develop better coping behaviours.

Burying issues or events which may be causing you to be depressed can worsen your depression, so it’s a lot better to deal with the issues head on. Hypnotherapy can help you through a number of different techniques.

There’s no need to suffer in silence. If any of the symptoms discussed in this post sound like something you’ve been experiencing, then seek out help. Hypnotherapy is a great way to move past depression and the myriad of negative emotions that come with it, allowing you to lead a happier and more fulfilled life.

For more information or to find out if hypnotherapy could work for you, please contact Lisa Jury today on: 07870 893226.

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Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy

With the increased awareness of how smoking can affect your health, both short term and long term, coupled with the fact that cigarette and tobacco prices are soaring, there’s never been a better time to decide to and commit to stopping smoking.

Did you know that nearly 100,000 people in the UK die from smoking-related illnesses each year? Or that the life expectancy of a smoker is around 10 years less than a non-smoker? It is also estimated that only half long-term smokers live past the age of 70. Forget gum, patches, placebos and vaping, hypnotherapy can help you stop smoking easily and effectively, and is perfect for those who struggle with will-power.

Before you even begin hypnotherapy, it is vital that you know exactly why you want to quit smoking, and that you are doing it for yourself, and not for anybody else. When you are doing something for yourself, that you truly want to achieve, the chances of success increase exponentially.

Quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of treatment for smoking, Hypnotherapy works by putting you into a relaxed state where your mind is open to suggestion. The hypnotherapist can then work to change your thought patterns by making suggestions like “cigarette smoke makes me feel sick”, or “I do not want a cigarette”. These assertions, coupled with other hypnosis techniques such as imagining unpleasant smells and feelings associated with smoking, can help to make you as an individual lose the attraction you once had to this habit.

Although hypnosis by itself can be enough to break the habit, some people find that they need to combine hypnosis with nicotine replacement therapy to fight both the physical and the mental addiction of smoking. For some, they require one session of hypnotherapy, and for others they need a few follow-up sessions to really kick cigarettes, but either way, the determination to stop smoking can really speed up the process and help make it stick.


For more information please get in touch with me on: 07870 893226