Postnatal depression

Postnatal depression can happen to anyone including men. While it usually begins soon after birth in some cases the symptoms do not start until much later.

It is perfectly normal for new parents to feel emotional and even vulnerable after the birth of a new baby. For both parents there are huge changes to their lives regardless of whether they are first time parents or adding to the family. There may be additional financial pressures, lack of sleep and in some cases problematic births which all add to the stresses and the expectations that a birth should always be a happy and joyous occasion. For most though things begin to settle down after a few days or at most a couple of weeks.

However if you are still experiencing any of the following symptoms after a few weeks you could be suffering from postnatal depression.

  • feeling anxious
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • crying for no reason
  • inability to bond with your baby
  • insomnia
  • eating disorders (lack of appetite or comfort eating)
  • feelings of guilt
  • not enjoying life
  • inability to cope
  • feeling vulnerable
  • unexplained fear

If your symptoms are severe you should contact your doctor as soon as possible, however in many cases the use of alternative therapies such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can benefit enormously without having to resort to antidepressant drugs.

There are many medical websites including the NHS site which offer theories as to what causes PND. Some of the possibilities that have been put forward include:

  • birth trauma
  • hormonal changes
  • inadequate postnatal support
  • depression during pregnancy
  • stress

The truth is that there is no definitive answer to why some people suffer from PND while others do not, and this makes it extremely difficult for doctors to help. Two of the most common ways that your GP can help is by prescribing drugs and offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a form of counselling. Even though with modern medicine there are some mild antidepressant drugs available many women feel very uncomfortable about taking any form of medication while breastfeeding. CBT is much gentler on the body and has been shown to be effective for many people, however due to limitations of the health service it can take a long time between referral and actually receiving treatment and so often help is simply not available when it is badly needed. This is where therapies such as EFT can be a tremendous benefit. EFT has shown itself to be quick, easy and highly effective when dealing with any kind of emotional issues. While your already over worked GP may not have the time to investigate the exact cause of your personal symptoms I will work with you to track down what is causing these feelings. Very often the very act of understanding your emotions goes a long way to making you feel better, however EFT goes further and can actually change the way that you feel about things. For many this is a very enlightening experience and with EFT you learn a life skill which you can apply to other areas of your life should the need arise.

I offer one to one sessions in Worksop or by Skype if it is more convenient. After the initial session I can offer telephone help if needed, however face to face or Skype is always better if possible. Although a single session is often enough to begin to make you feel better and to give you some tools that you can use on your own when needed, many people benefit from additional session to really get to the heart of the problem and to clear any remaining emotional issues.

If you would like to discuss how I can help you please contact me in confidence today.