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Postpartum Depression - Prevents Newborns From Does It Have An Effect On Your Family And Your Newborn?

by Alan Densky

Many people perceive postpartum depression as a problem affecting only the new mother. This, however, is not true. The entire family experiences relationship issues that affect family interactions drastically. Depressed mothers who do not seek help often place their infants in danger of experiencing serious or deadly setbacks in growth and development.

The medical name for this complicated condition is nonorganic failure to thrive. Nonorganic means that there is no medical cause for the infant's delays. Because of the mom's postpartum depression, she often stops meeting the baby's physical and psychological requirements. Even though the baby may cry out in hunger at the beginning, he or she usually gives up and quits relating to other people. This condition can result in malnutrition, starvation, and even death.

Doctors use developmental charts to track a baby's physical growth in height, weight, and head size. If a baby is healthy from birth, his or her size will be inside the normal range on these charts. If the baby begins to experience serious developmental delays, this will be apparent by tracking his or her progress against normal ranges. Once an infant's progress is lower than the fifth percentile, doctors get seriously concerned.

Other symptoms often appear before an infant's growth problems reach this critical point. Most infants who develop normally are interested in their surroundings. In contrast, infants who fail to thrive have little or no interest in their surroundings. These babies do not usually make sounds or words; they have stopped trying to relate with their caretakers.

How serious is this condition? If untreated, a child can starve to death. Although the infant may get just enough nutrition to stay alive, his or her heart, lungs, and mind cannot develop properly. Additionally, even if they are treated, these children never "catch up" entirely. They often acquire social problems or eating conditions, even after they begin to have their needs met.

Infants diagnosed with failure to thrive often become critically sick from malnutrition. They are often hospitalized for several weeks at a time. In some cases, they get so weak that feeding from a bottle is exhausting. They get feedings through a tube inserted in the stomach, or even in their veins to get food!

The most tragic aspect of this condition is that it can be easily prevented. If mothers with postpartum depression identify this depression when it begins, they can get treatment and never have to subject their helpless infants to these horrific complications. Indeed, research has shown that nine-tenths of the women who suffer from depression and seek help will find healing!

A number of approaches are useful in treating postpartum depression. Many doctors prescribe medicines, such as antidepressants. These medications are costly. They should also be avoided in nursing mothers. Furthermore, antidepressants sometimes cause suicidal thoughts; these medicines must be used with extreme caution.

Frequently, doctors encourage psychotherapy rather than or along with medicines. Counseling, however, is costly. In addition, it can be time-consuming, and several weeks may go by before this treatment is successful. Regrettably, if the woman's depression is severe, this may be too long for her baby. If the child starts showing delayed growth, extra treatment may be needed.

Luckily, other non-medicinal therapy approaches can be used. Two innovative, effective approaches that typically yield results much more quickly than psychotherapy, and are much less dangerous than drugs, are Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or NLP and hypnosis for depression. These two approaches usually start to work after even a single session. Moreover, they cost much less than alternative approaches.

Mothers who suspect they have postpartum depression must seek help at once so that their infants do not develop critical growth problems. The seriousness of the effects on the baby demands that any approach work quickly, and be very effective. NLP and hypnosis for depression are inexpensive, begin to work almost immediately, and are extremely effective. Therefore, both of these treatments are perfect for helping women with postpartum depression.

Summary: Postpartum depression is depression that begins after the birth of a child. These new mothers are not able to give their babies the caring they must have to live and grow. This causes failure to thrive, a serious, potentially deadly condition, affecting the baby. Mothers who think they have postpartum depression need to seek help immediately. Hypnosis and NLP for depression are inexpensive and are extremely effective.

Alan B. Densky, CH specializes in depression and stress related symptoms as a certified hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner. He's helped thousands of clients since 1978. He offers hypnotic therapy for depression CDs. Visit his Neuro-VISION self hypnosis website for the hypnosis article library, or watch his free video hypnosis collection.

Published March 15th, 2010

Filed in Health, Psychology

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