Women's Mental Health

Women's Mental Health

Many women experience emotional distress related to infertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum phase. The changes that occur during this phase of life include:

  • transition into parenthood
  • changes in family structure and relationships
  • financial pressures
  • lack of sleep
  • hormonal fluctuations
  • limited time for self-care

During these stressful times, you may experience increased symptoms of anxiety or depression, including obsessive or intrusive thoughts, compulsive behaviors, and potentially more severe trauma-related symptoms. Additionally, it is not uncommon for partners of women who experience perinatal distress often to also experience significant anxiety, depression or other stress related challenges.

Infertility challenges pose significant stressors leading to anxiety or depression for women and their partners. Many of the stressors include financial constraints, grief or loss related to difficulty conceiving or miscarriage, physical and emotional effects from hormone treatment, and relationship strain.

Treatment:

There is significant evidence that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the preferred treatment for the emotional distress that may accompany perinatal distress or infertility issues. CBT is generally short-term (12-24 sessions), structured, and focused on skills-building and symptom relief. It can be beneficial for most women (or their partners) who are struggling with disruptions and challenges during these stressful phases of life.

During treatment, your therapist will help you develop psychological skills to manage your mood, reduce your stress and enhance your overall functioning. In the context of a warm and supportive therapy relationship you will learn coping skills focused on improving thought patterns, and will develop practical problem-solving strategies. We can also collaborate with your physician and other health providers to ensure comprehensive and coordinated care. The goal is for you to feel better and regain control of your emotional life.

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