Overcoming Perinatal And Postpartum Feelings Of Hopelessness
Everyone has moments
of sadness. For most people, these feelings last for only hours
or days. Almost one-fifth of the people in the world, however,
experience major depression, which causes depression that lasts
for weeks, months, or longer. These feelings trigger the development
of problems functioning in career, family, or social interactions,
which can become severe.
Women who exhibit
symptoms of depression when they become pregnant are sometimes
treated for perinatal depression. This illness can develop at
any point after a woman becomes pregnant, or any time thereafter,
until the infant is one year old. Usually, however, those who
encounter this illness after the child is born are diagnosed with
or postpartum depression may be caused by several causes. These
causes can be physical. For example, women with a previous or
familial history of clinical depression or mental illness are
more susceptible to developing perinatal depression or postpartum
depression. In addition, alterations in hormone levels in postpartum
mothers, such as decreases in estrogen and progesterone levels,
can result in depression. After childbirth, thyroid disorders
may result in symptoms of depression such as exhaustion, irritability,
Often, mental depression
is caused by emotional factors. Mothers may are fatigued and stressed
as they learn to manage the needs of the new baby. These feelings
are further made worse by a lack of assistance from family, friends,
or significant other. Money issues can also assist in causing
and postpartum depression often have grave outcomes for both the
woman and her new child. Anxiety and depression can prevent a
woman from bonding completely with her child or being able to
meet her child's physical and psychological requirements. This
can further compound the mother's feelings of worthlessness, self-blame,
The infant is also
stressed by the new mother's condition. An inability to connect
with his or her mother can result in the baby to develop trust
issues in personal attachments throughout life. Further, infants
who do not have their physical or psychological requirements met
often do not grow and develop properly. This condition, described
as "failure to thrive," can be very serious or even
fatal to the infant.
or postpartum depression can affect everyone in the family. The
spouse or significant other sometimes feels ignored or unable
to relieve these depression symptoms. This can severely wound
the relationship. Older children in the family may experience
similar feelings, and exhibit academic or peer difficulties as
the whole family. For this reason, mothers who develop perinatal
depression or postpartum depression ought to seek depression treatment
as quickly as possible. Several approaches are available, including
talk therapy and drug therapy. Medications, however, are sometimes
dangerous for nursing infants, and sometimes have erratic results
due to the wide hormonal variations a woman experiences during
these hectic months. Moreover, typical counseling therapies can
be lengthy and expensive.
Two approaches for dealing with depression
that do not require medications and often rapidly yield dramatically
effective results are hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming,
or NLP. Traditional Hypnotherapy is best used with persons who
can be effortlessly entranced or are capable of accepting suggestions
without feeling a need to critique or understand them. Ericksonian
Hypnotherapy is very useful for individuals who often overanalyze.
These techniques assist people to unwind and get rid of tension.
For persons who are
more critical or analytical individuals, NLP is often more effective.
Through this technique, trained professionals offer clients depression
help by helping them to reprogram their thought processes. This
method can, quite literally, aid a client think through the depressive
condition and conquer it.
Clients can conquer depression by learning NLP
tools such as anchoring. They are coached to think of occasions
when they were happy and in control of their circumstances. Remembering
the event renews these feelings. Clients are instructed to touch
two fingers together while experiencing these emotions. The unconscious
mind connects the touch of the two fingers with the feelings.
Hence, the finger touch becomes an "anchor."
Then, when the individual
starts to become stressed, he or she triggers the anchor by touching
these same two fingers together again. This elicits feelings of
self-control and generates empowerment.
By using another technique
called the Flash, people learn to reason away negative emotions.
They program their unconscious minds to automatically substitute
positive thoughts for negative ones. When negative thoughts develop,
the brain automatically exchanges them for positive responses.
After learning this strategy, people find it nearly impossible
to think negative thoughts!
depression and postpartum depression often have harmful results
for a woman and her new child. The rest of the family is also
deeply affected by these problems. Due to the potential significance
of the outcomes of this condition, females with depression ought
to seek treatment as soon as symptoms begin. Two very effective
approaches that do not require medicine or great outlays of time
and financial resources are hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic
Alan B. Densky, CH
specializes in stress and depression related symptoms as an NGH
certified hypnotherapist. He has helped thousands of clients since
1978. He offers CDs for hypnosis
therapy for depression. Visit his Neuro-VISION
hypnosis website for the hypnosis
article library, or watch his free video hypnosis collection.