ADHD, FASD Linked to Anxiety and Depression during Pregnancy.

Keeping your anxiety in check has never been more important that when you are pregnant.

According to Canadian Psychiatrist Gabe Mate, when pregnant women suffer from anxiety or depression , their bodies are less able to produce the necessary chemicals within the placenta that help their children’s brain learn self-regulation and focus.

By the age of 3, these children begin to display the behavioral problems associated with lack of self-regulation, difficulty focusing and other developmental delays- the key symptoms of ADHD and FASD. 

A recent study by psychiatrist and researcher Daniel Siegel at UCLA found a high level of the anxiety hormone Cortisol had leached into the placentas of anxious or depressed pregnant women. This hormone hinders the growth of these key brain circuits in their unborn child.

The incidence of children with Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder has mushroomed in the past generation. 12% of US children were diagnosed with a Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in 2011. This number has jumped by 43% since 2003. These children are generally medically treated with stimulants such as Ritalin, a class of drugs which has only been tested on adults.

The important recommendation that emerges from this finding is the importance of reducing anxiety and depression among pregnant women, not only to improve their own quality of life but more importantly,  to reduce their unborn child's risk of developmental problems such as FASD, ADHD, etc.

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy use the latest findings in neuroscience to train the brain to manage anxiety and stressful negative thinking.

Ellen McNally, Hypnotherapist

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