Saturday, February 16, 2013

How to Deal With Post Pregnancy Depression Without Prescription Drugs?

Giving birth to a child is a very emotional and unique experience for a mother. But still 1 in 10 mothers develop post pregnancy or postnatal depression. Generally it develops in the first four weeks after child birth. It can sustain even up to one year. Its symptoms include poor appetite, low mood, poor concentration, less energy etc. Mother may get bad thoughts about killing herself or her baby.

Treatments for post pregnancy depression-


Short counseling sessions given by trained health visitors can be very helpful to treat postnatal depression. These sessions can run for several weeks. You can explain your problems to the counselor and he/she can help you to take decisions. In some cases it is very helpful.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)-

This therapy is a combination of two therapies- Cognitive and behavioral. In Cognitive therapy, therapist helps you to understand your pattern of thinking. The aim of this therapy is to change your thinking pattern. The therapist helps you to identify your false and harmful ideas which can make you depressed.

Behavioral therapy aims to change your particular behavior which is harmful for you. Briefly, CBT helps people to change their way of thinking and behavior.

Interpersonal therapy-

This therapy helps you to understand any kind of problem in your relationship you're your spouse, family, friends and other members. It also helps you to understand how these relations may relate to your depression.


Regular exercise like jogging, brisk walking, swimming and some yoga can help you to a great extent.

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