As a privately practicing psychotherapist, Dr. Robin Ohringer treats individuals of all ages but maintains a client base primarily composed of women age 14 to 60. In treating this population, Dr. Robin Ohringer has discovered a particular interest in treating the emotional struggles inherent in pregnancy loss.
Miscarriage, also known as loss of pregnancy or spontaneous abortion, can be devastating for a woman. She finds herself grieving not only for the child she never had a chance to raise but the experiences that she had expected to have. The related feelings of deep sadness may for some women develop into clinical depression, a serious mental illness characterized by such symptoms as hopelessness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, and even thoughts of suicide.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, women who have experienced a pregnancy loss have a greater risk of a major depressive disorder as compared to women who have not carried a child. The risk is particularly strong in those women who have miscarried and have had major depression in the past, as 50 percent of these women experience a recurrence of the depression.
Fortunately, data has shown that mental health support can significantly reduce a woman’s emotional challenges in the first year after the pregnancy loss. Professional support may take the form of psychotherapy or medication, though some women also seek out the fellowship of others in their situation or engage in personal healing rituals. It is vitally important that women with depression after pregnancy loss receive the time and space they need to process their loss in a way that works for them, without judgment or demands to heal at anyone else’s pace.