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Infertility And Depression - How To Deal With It's Double-Edged Effect

Aug 17, 2007
Infertility depression is a tough condition to overcome. Consider the fact that a person who has to deal with an infertility issue is one thing but when depression is thrown into the mix, the problem then expands two-fold. A negative mental state on top of a negative mental state cannot be good for anyone's pysche.

Can infertility depression be overcome? Sure, but dealing with both problems as one is a delicate matter. Depression is a challenge all on it's own and should be dealt with on an individual basis. A person coming to grips with infertility has to focus on the treatment for that condition maintaining as clear a mental state of mind as possible. There is a clear correlation between maintaining a positive mind during treatment and experiencing a successful outcome.

Men And Women

Depression as a result of infertility is usually more common with women than with men. Women find it harder to accept infertility and will suffer a whole range of emotions. Apart from the obvious emotion of frustration, women tend to go through emotions such as jealousy and anger. A feeling of inadequacy soon pervades a woman's thinking and this in turn can place further stress on the relationship between herself and her partner.

Is There Treatment Available?

Seeking treatment for depression as a result of on-going infertility issues almost becomes an issue in itself. Because depression is still perceived as an unacceptable stigma, many people feel uncomfortable in seeking therapy support for fear of being cast as mentally defective. Consider though that if depression is a result of infertility then there is an underlying reason for the depression. Seeking therapy support then, makes good sense.

Many experts are starting to believe that depression therapy should become a compulsory part of the overall treatment process. At what stage of the treatment it should be introduced is debatable but wouldn't it make sense to introduce some level of therapy early in that treatment process? It would alleviate, to a great extent the fear of a person seeking support individually.

Support Forums

Support forums, whether online or in a physical sense are resources those struggling to come to terms with their infertility should consider utilising. Online forums are excellent because of their anonymity factor. One of the big bonuses with forums is that they are made up of both people who are currently experiencing infertility and those who have been through it. Getting the support and advice from those who have been through it is especially beneficial.

Infertility depression can only be understood by those who have been or are experiencing it. The good news is that if you are going through it, you don't need to suffer through it alone.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Infertility is an emotional topic. Can conditions such as about infertility depression be overcome? Get the latest infertility news and reviews at:http://www.infertilityline.com
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