Friday, February 11, 2011

Neurofeedback, Depression and Pregnancy

It's not uncommon to get a call about neurofeedback from a woman concerned about depression and pregnancy. A recent study about the effects of depression in the mother resulting in higher stress hormones in infants is typical of the types of concerns would be parents have.

It can feel like being between a rock and a hard place: Concern about the effects of medication on the developing fetus and concern about the effects of having a depressed mother during pregnancy and after delivery.

Usually people who contact me when they want to have a child are hoping to reduce or eliminate some or all of the psychotropic medications they are taking. Of course, that needs to be done in conjunction with their physician; but frequently it is possible to reduce or eliminate at least some of the medications being taken.

Neurofeedback can be a helpful part of pre-conception and pre- and post-natal care. Please post comments or questions here or you are welcome to email me confidentially.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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