How to Preserve Mental Health While Balancing Work and Family Life

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Robin Ohringer

A psychotherapist with diverse therapeutic experience, Robin Ohringer has served patients of all ages who need help with various issues including depression, aging, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Working primarily with a client base of adult women, Robin Ohringer focuses much of her work in areas such as helping balance careers with family life.

For many parents, the thought of maintaining a proper balance between their work and their lives at home seems difficult, if not impossible. Amidst the chaos, it is easy to become caught up in feelings of stress and anxiety. However, there are a number of ways in which you can preserve your mental health on your journey toward leading a more balanced life.

As a working parent, one of the most important emotions that you must be able to overcome is guilt. While it may be hard, you should not linger on thoughts of leaving your child at home so you can pursue your career. Instead, you should turn your professional role into a positive by focusing on the benefits to your family of working. By placing a priority on such matters as helping to save for future college tuition, you can make yourself more effective both at home and in the office while also experiencing less guilt.

In addition, you should set aside time each week just for yourself. You will not be able to make the best of your career and home life if you do not allow yourself to step away and relax at times. Whatever your chosen method may be, it’s best to engage in activities that help you overcome stress and let go of tension.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
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Dr. Robin Ohringer has maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for more than twenty-five years. Dr. Robin Ohringer draws on advanced training in a variety of treatment modalities, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Originally developed to address the lasting effects of trauma, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing allows clients to think about and re-frame distressing memories. It centers on the model of adaptive information processing, or AIP, which holds that healthy functioning stems from successful experiences that prepare the brain to face new challenges. When a traumatic event occurs, its severity can interrupt this process and lead to psychological suffering.

EMDR allows the client to address the memories of this traumatic event by focusing on an external bilateral stimulus. This most often takes the form of horizontal eye tracking facilitated by the therapist, though some clients may respond better to similarly structured auditory stimuli or touching of the hands. While attending to this stimulus, the client can recall and aspects of the traumatic memory.

Many clients who have undergone EMDR have noted that this process gives rise to new insights about the memory. Negative self-directed thoughts and other maladaptive mental processes related to the memory give way to more adaptive thinking, and the client begins to heal. Some practitioners have likened this process to the removal of a foreign body from the skin, the lifting of which allows the body to heal itself.

Anxiety Disorders in Women

 

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Anxiety Disorders in Women
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A privately practicing psychotherapist based in the Boston area, Dr. Robin Ohringer accepts clients of all ages who are living with many different types of emotional challenges. Dr. Robin Ohringer has treated numerous patients with anxiety disorders, which often goes undiagnosed in young adult and adult women.

Anxiety is a normal and healthy emotion that helps people adapt to their surroundings, handle challenges, and perform well on difficult tasks. However, in some individuals, anxiety increases to the level at which it interferes with daily life. The resultant disorder is even more prevalent now than it was in the earlier decades of the 20th century, and women are 200 percent likelier than men to develop symptoms.

Although prevalent among women, anxiety is also chronically under-diagnosed within this demographic. Women often feel that nervousness and worry are a normal state of being, not a symptom of the mental illness that it may be. Statistics show that women live with anxiety for an average of nine to 12 years after symptom onset before receiving a diagnosis, and not all diagnosed women ever receive appropriate treatment.

Anxiety is, however, a treatable disorder. Women may respond to counseling, medication, or a combination of the two, depending on symptoms and physiology. A qualified mental health professional is the first step to an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan.