Signs of Depression
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression typically last for two weeks or more and can consist of:
Feelings of hopelessness
Feeling sad 24/7
Struggling to remember things
Frequent bouts of anger and irritation
Insomnia or extreme fatigue
Drastic changes in appetite or weight
Engaging in self-harm
Suicidal ideation or attempts
It is important to remember that there is not a two-week timeframe for grief, and many of these symptoms will overlap. What’s important is that you seek treatment to prevent your symptoms from getting worse.
Treating depression after pregnancy and infant loss
If you are experiencing depression after pregnancy or infant loss, several treatment options are available.
Medication: Antidepressants can be an effective treatment for depression. However, you should talk to your healthcare provider about any potential risks and benefits.
Counseling: Talking to a therapist can help you work through your feelings and develop coping strategies. If you are struggling with depression, your healthcare provider can refer you to a therapist or counselor.
Support groups: Support groups are often available for parents who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. These groups can provide emotional support and allow you to connect with others who have had similar experiences.
How depression affects the brain
Depression can affect how people think, feel, and behave. People with depression may have a more challenging time concentrating and remembering things. They may be more angry and irritable than usual and not sleep well. People with depression can also feel very sad all the time.
These symptoms are the result of changes in the brainwaves.
Depression affects the brain in a number of ways. It can change how people process information and make decisions. Depression can also affect the way people think about themselves and their lives.
Like major depression, postpartum or depression caused by perinatal loss is associated with abnormal nerve activity in certain areas of your brain, causing a Brain Arrhythmia- an irregular brainwave pattern.
PrTMS is a safe, non-invasive treatment that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the nerves and restore normal neuronal activity, known as neuromodulation.
How PrTMS can help with depression
Personalized Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS) is a type of neuromodulation that can be customized to target specific areas of the brain. It aims to restore balance and repair disturbances in brainwaves, which may contribute to various illnesses, including postpartum depression. As your brainwaves become balanced, your depression improves!
If you are struggling with depression after pregnancy or infant loss, please seek help from a healthcare professional. Treatment is available and can make a world of difference. You are not alone. MindSet by Serene Health offers PrTMS in a caring environment fostering your journey to mental wellness. To learn more about PrTMS and how it can help you, please call 844-737-3638 or visit www.serenehealth.com.
Serene Health also offers a wide range of behavioral health and mental health services, as well as flexible appointments through our Telehealth platform. You’ll be able to speak to a therapist online from the comfort of your home. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to contact us today to book an appointment.