The arrival of a new baby can be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life. It can also be a time of major change, and for some, those changes can bring major depression. Postpartum depression affects nearly 15 percent of Chinese mothers in Hong Kong in the first three months postpartum. Worldwide, rates of postpartum depression vary, ranging from a low of just 4 percent of women in Japan experiencing depression and a high of greater than 60 percent of women in the United States experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is associated with feelings of frustration, shame, stress, and feelings of failure or incompetence. It can undermine your confidence and affect your ability to parent. Hypnosis for depression can help you lift the fog of depression and embrace your new role with greater confidence.
Although “the baby blues” can affect a substantial minority of new mothers, this is usually a mild and fleeting state characterized by irritability and mood swings. These feelings will normally resolve within a few days or weeks. For some women, however, the sadness can last longer. The changes associated with motherhood are significant, affecting not merely our social lives but also our professional lives as well as our bodies, our hormones, and our relationships. These changes can bring many doubts and worries and new fears and anxieties. By incorporating hypnosis to treat depression into your routine, you can begin to feel more like yourself again.
For about 13 percent of women, they may signal the onset of postpartum depression, a mood disorder that is linked to:
Hypnosis for anxiety and depression can help you manage your symptoms and rediscover your joy.
Rapidly changing hormone levels following pregnancy and birth might play a role in the onset of postpartum depression, but researchers have also theorized that other factors can put vulnerable women at a heightened risk, including:
The exact cause of postpartum depression might not be fully understood, but its consequences are recognized as having far-reaching effects. The condition can interfere with a mother’s ability to bond with her baby, may disrupt breastfeeding, and can affect the entire family unit. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking help can make a difference in the outcome. Hypnotherapy for postpartum depression can play a valuable role in your recovery.
Using hypnosis to treat depression can give you powerful relief from stress. People have used hypnosis for anxiety and depression to manage specific symptoms and develop healthier coping strategies. Using hypnosis to treat depression after pregnancy can be especially beneficial for new mothers as they are adapting to new routines and struggling with the often heavy demands placed upon them.
Women have used hypnosis during childbirth to manage labor pain and to take control of their experiences, and there is evidence that women may benefit from using hypnosis for depression after the baby is delivered, enjoying benefits for their emotional and mental wellbeing.
In one study, women were divided into groups in which one received hypnosis during specific points of pregnancy while the other received routine prenatal care. Both groups were screened periodically for depression, anxiety, and postnatal depression. After the birth, the hypnosis group showed significantly fewer signs of postpartum anxiety and depression than the control group.
If you are struggling with postpartum depression, hypnotherapy for postpartum depression may be beneficial for you, too. Visit Renewed Edge today to learn more about using hypnosis for anxiety and depression or to schedule a consultation with our hypnotherapist.