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Postnatal anxiety / depression is NOT what most people are led to believe it is
Postnatal anxiety and depression are the most misunderstood of all mental health conditions.
Sufferers are led to believe that:
- They are clinically depressed
- They have a chemical imbalance
- Circumstances (the new baby) have caused low mood
The truth about postnatal depression is simple... it has nothing to do with clinical depression and is nothing to do with your new baby... not directly at least.
The problem with postnatal anxiety and depression is that the impact of what most women are told by psychologists and doctors exacerbates the problem.
The combination of bad advice and inappropriate treatments, both medical and psychology, combine to cause mental and physical disequilibrium and a huge group of physiological 'symptoms' that cause distress and confusion.
If the anxiety / depression is addressed directly and correctly in the context of true science at its onset, it can be overcome completely and very quickly indeed.
It's not about the baby
The problem with postnatal anxiety is that it places you in hyper-vigilance, in that all of your senses are primed to respond to real threat. The natural and expected response is withdrawal. New mums become distressed when they do not respond appropriately to their new child (or other family members), believing that this is a mental health condition - it is NOTY... it is the expected response to perceived risk during an anxiety disorder.
Why don't doctors tell us about this?
Because most doctors don't have a deep enough understanding of the neurology of anxiety disorders to be able to recognise and deal with it appropriately.
Women around the world suffer because the help available to them is not appropriate.
It's easy to believe that your condition is 'spiritual' or 'mental health related' because it seems to be localised within the mind, but it isn't.
Postnatal anxiety and depression aren't caused by low mood, tiredness or circumstances. They are caused by a genetic predisposition.
Only people with a genetic predisposition to suffering from an anxiety related disorder can do so. Most people, (around 75% of people), cannot suffer.
It is this science, dictated by human evolution, that both causes the condition, but also allows complete and fast recovery in the only way possible.
In the same way as there is only one way to remove hunger, there is only one way to remove emotional disorders. The body and mind are primed to deactivate them but medicine and psychology prevents that process from happening
Yes they are real, in that they are not imagined, but they are not appropriate or necessary.
Your thoughts and symptoms are the product of inappropriate fear responses and the combination and impact of these on your body.
Postnatally, women go through a myriad of physical and chemical adjustments; combine these with the symptoms of an anxiety disorder and its easy to understand why they withdraw and get low mood.
Postnatal anxiety can cause a myriad of symptoms and thoughts. Here is a list of some of them. Whilst the list is long, it is not exhaustive.
These may include some or sometimes all of the following...
Smothering sensations and shortness of breath
Racing heart, slow heart beat, palpitations
Globus Hystericus - 'Lump in throat' and difficulty swallowing
Blanching (colour loss in the skin)
Excessive Perspiration (sweating)
Shaking or shivering (visibly or internally)
Pain or numbness in the head, face, arms, neck or shoulders
Rapid gastric emptying
Indigestion, heartburn, constipation and diarrhoea
Symptoms of urinary tract infection
Increased need to urinate
Weakness/tingling in arms, hands or feet
'Electric shock' feelings (anywhere in the body)
Fears of going mad or losing control
Increased depression and suicidal feelings
Symptoms like 'flu'
Headaches and feelings of having a 'tight band around head'
'Creeping' or 'pins and needles' sensations in the skin
Increased sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell
Hot and cold flushes
Skin blanching or redness
Dramatic increase in sexual feelings
Pain in the face or jaw (resembling toothache)
Derealisation and Depersonalisation
OCD - Obsessive thoughts and compulsions
Pure O - Inappropriate/strange thoughts