Easing Depression Without Medication
I am four months pregnant. I miscarried last year at around nine weeks. I live in a state where we have an unusually long winter, with many gray days and lots of snow. I am currently in counseling for depression and it seemed to be worse since I have been pregnant. Are there ways to ease depression that don't involve medication?Question:
There is nothing harder than living with depression. When you add the hormones of pregnancy to this and the grief of a miscarriage, it must feel more than you can bear sometimes.
My opinion is that you cannot do this alone. I hope you have the support of someone who loves you and also a good therapist who is experienced in working with pregnancy.
One book, which I found helpful for some of my clients is "The New Mother Syndrome: Coping with postpartum stress and depression", by Carol Dix, Doubleday, 1985. I know this is directed at the postpartum period, but it does offer some good assistance for anyone dealing with depression. Another book, "Speaking of Sadness" is a very good book on depression.
In a nutshell, light, exercise, diet and support are the keys to the management of pregnancy-related depression. Even if you feel that the depression is not the result of a seasonal affective disorder, you might want to look into the positive effect of light. Some interesting research has been done in this area.Answer: