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Coping with depression during pregnancy

Are you pregnant and experiencing the symptoms of depression?  If so, you are not alone.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 13% of women experience depression during pregnancy.  Depression symptoms can include irritability, persistent sadness, listlessness, loss of interest in activities, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and thoughts of suicide.  This is a far cry from the feelings of happiness and joy that people generally associate with pregnancy.

If you are feeling depressed, especially while coping with myriad changes of pregnancy and preparing your life for a new baby, you want to remedy these feelings as quickly as possible, otherwise you may experience a dwindling spiral of hopelessness –  because you are feeling depressed, you don’t do the things that you know you need to do; and then because you haven’t done the vital tasks that you need to complete, you feel more apathetic and overwhelmed.

Unfortunately, the medicines that are offered to treat depression are unworkable solutions for mothers that care about their own health and the health of their unborn child.  The makers of Paxil recently paid 1 billion dollars to settle lawsuits over birth defects caused by its use by pregnant mothers.  (Article here)   And, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, ”Some studies have indicated that fetuses exposed to SSRIs during the third trimester may be born with ‘withdrawal’ symptoms such as breathing problems, jitteriness, irritability, difficulty feeding, or hypoglycemia.”  And, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, women who took Zoloft during the first few months of pregnancy had twice risk of their baby being born with a heard defect, and those who took Paxil has three times the risk.  No mother who would refrain from smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol during pregnancy would find these risks acceptable.

What can you do for depression that does not potentially cause birth defects or double your risk of having suicidal thoughts?  (cnn)  To handle your depression, you must do two things – discover the cause of your depression, then find a solution that works for you.

Establish a cause

Cute commercials for antidepressants notwithstanding, there is no proof that depression is caused by brain chemistry.  If it were, then depression could be diagnosed with a blood test or other physical examination.  Rather, depression can stem from a number of sources, including physical sources such as nutritional deficiencies, reactions to medications and illness.  These physical causes can be remedied with the help of a competent holistic doctor.

Once physical causes have been ruled out or addressed, it is time to examine mental and spiritual causes.  There is no “one size fits all” reason why someone becomes depressed.  The reasons are as varied as human experience itself.  This is because depression is caused by the decisions and reactions a person has to painful incidents that have occurred in her past.  Those things in your past are your own – no one else had them.  Further, no one else had to deal with their own past in the same way that you did.

Address the cause or cope with it

You can do exercises to help cope with depression.  They are available for free

at http://www.scientology.org/courses/suppression/overview.html

and http://www.scientology.org/courses/solutions/overview.html

You may find your symptoms are remedied with these alone.

However, you may feel the need for a more in-depth address of the causes of your depression.  In this case, we offer classes and counselling to help you.  In the book, Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard said that in you are “almost sole custodian of tomorrow’s generation, ” and that, “It is not, then, any wild utopian thought that woman can be placed above the level hitherto occupied.  And so she must be placed if the childhood of tomorrow’s generation is to reach any high standard, if homes are to be peaceful and unharassed and if society is to advance.”