“Infertility often makes women feel out of control – they become preoccupied with getting pregnant and that’s all they can think of. It can be incredibly taxing, emotionally and mentally, on a woman’s psyche,” says Golding. She added that, “Counseling can ease the stress, anxiety and depression that often comes during this very difficult time.” Some therapeutic infertility tips include:
• STRESS - Struggling with infertility can be extremely stressful. Make sure you have some healthy ways to unwind like exercise, yoga and meditation. Volunteering can also help by giving to others.
• DEPRESSION - Depression often goes along with infertility. It can be a very sad time, and women often feel alone even with a husband or partner’s support. It helps to admit that you are depressed and to talk about it with a therapist who specializes in infertility issues.
• ANXIETY - Especially for women who are in the midst of infertility treatments, it can be a very anxious time waiting to find out if the treatment worked or not. A therapist can help with coping techniques. Teaching the Elicitation of the Relaxation Response, Mind/Body Principles
• COUNSELING - Talking with a professional or joining groups of women who also want to be moms and suffer from infertility helps.
• MEDICATION - After consulting with a professional, a woman might decide that the best course of action is psychiatric medication. It is important to note that the most successful treatment involves both medication and weekly therapy. Would be moms need to talk with their primary care physicians, however, before taking any medication that might affect a fetus.
For more information, visit www.ellengolding.com or call 310.908.9372.
Ellen Golding is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has a private practice in West Los Angeles. In her practice, she provides treatment in individual and group settings for adults and adolescents using psychodynamic, ego psychotherapies and cognitive/behavioral therapy. She is also a Behavior Intervention Specialist for the Compton Unified School District, where she specializes in-group and individual therapy for a diverse body of students. In addition, she is a part-time National University core professor and an adjunct professor at Argosy University and Ryokan College.
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