Infertility and Mental Health

 

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Infertility
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An experienced psychotherapist, Robin Ohringer, PhD, treats a wide variety of conditions at her practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In fact, Dr. Robin Ohringer has a special interest in helping people cope with infertility issues.

Impacting about 10 percent of people in the United States, infertility is not an uncommon problem. However, infertility-related issues are on the rise because people are waiting longer than ever to start a family, and the risk of infertility increases sharply as prospective parents reach their mid-30s.

Fertility struggles can negatively affect mental health. Patients may experience depression and anxiety as a result of feeling inadequate or ashamed of their fertility difficulties. Couples struggling to conceive may even feel stigmatized in a culture where young families are expected to have children.

Fortunately, mental health professionals are equipped to support patients facing fertility obstacles. For instance, providers may recommend group or talk therapy. They may also recommend prescription medicine to address symptoms of anxiety and depression, if necessary. It’s important to note that there is no evidence that shows antidepressants suppress fertility.

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NASW Celebrates National Social Work Month in March

 

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National Association of Social Workers
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Robin Ohringer draws on three decades of professional experience in her work as a psychotherapist in private practice. Her education background includes graduate degrees in social work and advanced training in various therapy techniques. Alongside her day-to-day activities as a psychotherapist, Robin Ohringer stays current on topics in her field through memberships in several professional groups, including the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Each March, NASW celebrates National Social Work Month as part of its efforts to raise awareness of the various mental health, advocacy, and direct assistance services that social workers provide. During the month, the organization advances its message through podcasts, videos, social media, and public outreach activities based on a specific theme that changes every year.

In 2018, NASW will focus on the theme “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” Activities and initiatives will highlight the ways in which the nation’s 650,000 social workers assist society’s most vulnerable populations. Those who would like to get involved can do so by promoting it with the help of social media and NASW’s online Social Work Month toolkit. For more information, visit www.socialworkers.org.

NASW’s 2017 Social Work Month

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National Association of Social Workers
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A psychotherapist with a PhD in social work, Robin Ohringer has run a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for more than two decades. Dr. Robin Ohringer is a member of various professional organizations including the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Representing more than 130,000 professionals, NASW encourages and facilitates the development of its members, and strives to establish and maintain a high standard of professionalism. In addition to its many programs, NASW supports Social Work Month, the March 2017 theme of which is Stand Up.

This theme was chosen in recognition of the efforts of social workers, who every day support and assist individuals with illnesses and mental health conditions, not only through service to their patients, but also through interaction with the patients’ families and advocacy for positive policy change.

The 2017 program will work to improve the portrayal of social workers and further acknowledge the valuable services they provide. The month will also focus on correcting media portrayals of social work by continuing to draw attention to unfair representations, inaccurate descriptions of their work, and the incorrect identification of individuals who are not licensed social work professionals.

The 2017 Stand Up campaign will highlight the vital significance of social workers and their role in bettering the lives of those among homeless and mentally ill populations.

Psychological Pain and Infertility

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Female Infertility
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As a privately practicing psychotherapist, Dr. Robin Ohringer offers help with such mental health issues as anxiety, depression, and relationship stress. Dr. Robin Ohringer has welcomed many patients who struggle with these issues as a result of infertility and the treatment thereof.

Approximately 5 percent of couples living in developed countries experience infertility at some point during their relationships, and the vast majority of these challenges have physical origins. The psychological implications, however, are profound. Studies have shown that these experiences are as upsetting as a life-threatening physical illness, while 50 percent of women interviewed in one particular study call infertility treatment the most upsetting event in their lives thus far.

For many, infertility can manifest much like grief as those experiencing it progress through shock, depression, and anger. The underlying pain may also translate itself into relationship problems, which may be exacerbated by the high costs of fertility treatments. Negative outcomes of treatment can increase depression, though even positive outcomes can cause anxiety about the woman’s ability to carry a baby to term.

Fortunately, support groups and psychotherapy have proven successful at mitigating many of these symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy have emerged as particularly successful techniques, as have supplemental relaxation and mindfulness techniques. A qualified psychotherapist can help individuals and couples to find a treatment program that is most appropriate.