“For women who have high levels of anxiety or difficulty sleeping after giving birth, HRV biofeedback appears to be recommendable,” study co-author Hideya Kodama, MD, PhD, a professor at Akita University School of Medicine in Japan, told Psychiatry Advisor. He and his colleagues are currently exploring biofeedback as an intervention prior to birth.

“This may be more important, because anxiety before birth is closely correlated with postpartum depression,” Kodama added.

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Biofeedback offers a promising supplement to treatment for a range of psychiatric disorders, whether delivered in a professional setting or at home via portable devices. It is a tool that can empower patients to make a clear difference in their own progress.

Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist and freelancer writer based in Atlanta.


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