Internet Therapy May Ease Postpartum Depression

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Internet Therapy for Postnatal Depression

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Depression and significant mood swings are not uncommon after the birth of a baby. You should always consult your doctor if you notice symptoms of postnatal depression. As an online therapist who specializes in Mindfulness Therapy for anxiety and depression, I find that what most helps new mothers in this difficult period is to learn how to develop a very compassionate and loving relationship toward yourself, and particularly toward the emotional pain, confusion and anger that you may be experiencing. Learning to take care of yourself is important and this means taking care of your emotions and treating them with the same care and attention that you would give to your baby. This skill of inner-caring and compassion is one of the main features of Mindfulness Therapy and is one of the reasons why it is so effective.




Online Therapy for Depression via Skype

Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional online therapist. I specialize in Mindfulness Therapy, which is a very effective way of working with difficult emotions, and I offer Mindfulness Therapy via Skype.

Now, this is a very useful choice for new mothers who are struggling with postnatal depression, or postpartum depression, who find it difficult to go and see a therapist in the office because, of course, taking care of a new baby takes a lot of time and any time that the mother has, she needs to rest; not be driving to a doctor's appointment.

Now, the incidence of postnatal depression is quite high: It's certainly in the order of 10-30% of new mothers experiencing this form of depression. And, of course, you must consult with your doctor about this if you are experiencing depression or other severe mood swings.

Now, postnatal depression has many causes, partly from the extraordinary changes in the hormone levels of the body, but also changes in just about every other area of your life; and these changes, of course, happen very quickly. So, changes in physiology, changes in anatomy, changes in biochemical levels in the blood and body. Changes in your relationships in the family, in relationship with your partner, relationship with the other children in the family, if there are. The way that the family sees you changes; your entire identity changes in a very short period of time after the birth of the child.

So, all of these factors together contribute to quite surprising mood swings and emotional suffering and difficulties in redefining yourself, finding your identity. It's good to try and seek help for this by talking to therapist. The online therapy option that I offer is simply one of many choices that you should consider to help you get through this difficult time.

The Mindfulness approach that I teach is a very friendly and compassionate way of dealing with intense emotions: Depression, anxiety, stress, and as I say, changing identity: "Who am I now, as a new mother?"

So, please, if you would like to discuss this further, contact me. Visit my website and email me. We can set up a free consultation if you would like, or we can schedule a session. We can find a time that works for you. So, please go to my website, and email me. Thank you!


New research reveals that postpartum depression can be treated effectively using online therapy.

Researchers at the University of Exeter in England teamed with online forum Netmums in two studies to investigate the feasibility of an Internet-based Behavioral Action treatment for postpartum depression, also known as postnatal depression (PND).

The researchers noted that between 10 and 30 percent of new mothers are affected by postpartum depression, but many cases go unreported and few women seek help.

Internet Therapy May Ease Postpartum Depression
Internet Therapy May Ease Postpartum Depression






The study found that mothers who received the Internet-based treatment reported better results for depression, work and social impairment. The mothers also reported better anxiety scores immediately after they received the treatment, according to the researchers.

Furthermore, they reported better results for depression six months after treatment, the researchers noted.

The results, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, indicate that Internet-based treatment could have a positive effect on postpartum depression as a whole, providing new mothers with support at times that are convenient to them. It also allows them to complete a course of therapy, the researchers said.

“The high number of cases of PND, and the comparatively poor take-up of help from those affected by it, are worrying,” said Heather O’Mahen, Ph.D., from the University of Exeter, who led the study.

She noted that this study, coupled with another recently published study by the same research team that looked at a self-help version of the treatment delivered online, are the first to investigate “the effectiveness of using an Internet-based therapy to provide mums with PND with the support they would have traditionally received in a clinic-based environment. The results are enough to convince us that such an approach is indeed a feasible one.”

“Our hope is that this will allow more women to access and benefit from support, with all the knock-on positives that come from that — happier families, improved quality of life for mums, and a reduction in the demands such cases can bring to stretched health services around the world,” she said.

“This treatment is an accessible and potentially cost-effective option, and one that could easily be incorporated into mental healthcare provision.”

For the study, the researchers designed a 12-session, modular, Internet BA treatment that was supported by telephone calls with a mental health worker. A total of 249 mothers were recruited via the UK parenting site

The mothers received information about the program through Netmums newsletter advertisements, emails and online advertisements. They completed online forms and were asked questions about their mood in a telephone interview with a research assistant.

Of those, 83 met the criteria for “major depressive disorder,” the researchers report. These women were randomly split into two groups: One received “treatment as usual,” while the other group participated in the Internet-based treatment, according to the researchers.

Women in the Internet treatment group could sign onto the online program and chose modules relevant to their needs, such as “ being a good enough mum,” “changing roles and relationships,” “sleep” and “communication.” The women had weekly telephone sessions with a mental health worker who helped support the women through the program.

Mothers reported favoring therapy over drug-based solutions, especially if they are breastfeeding.

The researchers add that for many new mothers, accessing traditional clinic-based therapy is difficult because “transportation, childcare, variable feeding and nap times all conspire to make it hard to keep appointments.”

“It is critical to provide new mothers with treatments that work for them,” the researchers concluded.

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Peter Strong, PhD is a professional registered psychotherapist specializing in Mindfulness Therapy for Individuals and Couples. He offers Online Therapy via Skype sessions for the treatment of anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger, stress and PTSD, as well as online marriage counseling. Online Counseling Service - Talk to an Online Therapist via Skype. Skype therapy sessions are a combination of teaching and practical experiential work designed to teach clients learn how to overcome patterns of emotional reactivity and gain greater emotional freedom. Author of 'The Path of Mindfulness Meditation' (available through Amazon).

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