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Post natal PTSD is different from post natal depression

Posted on 01 August 2017

Seeing people every day who are suffering from post natal PTSD, I am aware it is still something of a hidden condition.

Thankfully, it is becoming better known, with new work and research coming out all the time.

I still find, however that many of the clients to whom I offer cognitive hypnotherapy and eye movement techniques to overcome Post Natal  PTSD, have been misdiagnosed. They have often been told that they are suffering from post natal depression.

Post natal PTSD is NOT a form of post natal depression. It has different symptoms and requires different treatment, so it is important to know what to look for.

The symptoms of post natal PTSD

I thought it would be helpful to you all to spell out the difference so you are better informed when you see your GP or other health professionals.

If you are experiencing these symptoms then you may well be suffering from post natal PTSD:

  • Re-experiencing the traumatic event in a very vivid way which feels very intrusive
  • Flashbacks or nightmares about the event
  • Avoidance of events or places which remind you of the birth
  • Panic attacks
  • A feeling of detachment from the world around you or a feeling that the outside world is not real

Then there are a group of symptoms which are generally grouped together under the title ‘increased arousal’. These will include:

  • Being irritable
  • Insomnia
  • Jumping out of your skin at the slightest noise (otherwise called increased startle response)
  • Being constantly on the lookout for trouble (often called hypervigilance).

Post natal PTSD is treatable

If you are suffering from some of these symptoms then it will be worth your while to see an expert in treating post natal PTSD. The good news is that the condition is treatable and can often be dealt within a relatively short space of time. In my post natal PTSD clinic in Harley Street I often clear up the problems within 4 to 5 sessions, of one hour or so. So don’t suffer in silence. Get in contact with me and I will help you. If you cannot get to Harley Street I also run a clinic in Henley on Thames.

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