Having trouble conceiving or finding one's self on the journey to parenthood through non-traditional means is often experienced as a crisis. It's also a fact that the physical and emotional burden of fertility treatment disproportionately impacts women in treatment.
Some coping strategies are more compatible with fertility treatment and situational depression stemming from the rollercoaster that may occur on the road to starting a family than others.
Example - Though psychologists usually discourage avoidant and escapist strategies, active distraction can reduce stress. More people benefit from problem-focused coping strategies like time and money management than emotion-focused coping strategies.
People who are struggling to become parents should seek the best mental health care in order to not only improve likelihood of success AND to maintain, restore and / or improve mental health during the journey - which I assure you, will make the transition to parenthood all the better!
Innovative Care has clinicians who are trained to help. Call or email us today to connect with a therapist.
Autumn Richardson, LCSW