Very often after giving birth many women are not getting the right help. This is because what many doctors diagnose as post natal depression is actually post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
Post traumatic stress disorder is what happens to normal human beings who have been exposed to extremely stressful conditions. It is exactly the same thing that happens to soldiers and used to be known as shell shock.
Things that could have brought about the trauma include
- Prolapsed cord
- An unplanned C-section
- Using forceps or a vacuum extractor to deliver the chils
- Baby being sent to an intensive care ward
- Bad communication and/or lack of support and reassurance during the delivery bringing about a feeling of powerlessness.
- Women who have experienced a previous trauma, such as sexual abuse or rape, are at a much higher risk for experiencing post traumatic stress disorder
- Women who have had a physical complication or injury related to pregnancy or childbirth, such as severe postpartum hemorrhage, , severe preeclampsia/eclampsia, an unexpected hysterectomy, a perineal trauma (3rd or 4th degree tear), or cardiac disease.
Some of the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder you might expext to see include
- Intrusive re-experiencing of a past traumatic event which is most likely to be childbirth itself)
- Avoidance of stimuli associated with the event, including thoughts, feelings, people, places and details of the event
- Nightmares or flashbacks
- Iirritability, insomnia, constantly on the look out for threats
- Anxiety and panic attacks which can be extremely severe
- Feeling a sense of unreality and detachment
At Tamsin Cooper Hypnotherapy based in Flitwick, near Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes, and London I am a specialist clinical hypnotherapist. I am highly qualified and experienced at dealing with stress and anxiety. I can even treat clients worldwide using hypnotherapy via Skype.
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