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Is it possible you are depressed?

by | Apr 6, 2016 | Grief and Loss, Mindfulness | 0 comments

Symptoms of depression are incredibly common during infertility. Being sad when you cannot easily conceive is of course an incredibly natural reaction.
If you are experiencing:
    1. tearfulness
2. not looking forward to things as much as you used to
3. have issues with sleeping or eating
4. are not enjoying activities like you did in the past
5. irritability
It is possible you are depressed.
Treating symptoms of depression is necessary for a variety of reasons:
•    Women who are depressed are more likely to be unable to maintain optimal self care or pursue treatment, if needed, thus limiting their chances.
•    Women who are depressed may have lower chances of conceiving, even with IVF.
The number one treatment for depression in the US is antidepressant medication – generally SSRI’s.
Here is what the research concludes about anti-depressant medication and infertility:
1. there is little research but a couple studies showed that women taking antidepressant medication had poorer outcomes from IVF than those that did not.
2. taking antidepressant medication during pregnancy is associated with higher rates of miscarriage and preterm birth.
3. babies exposed to antidepressant medication were more likely to experience complications as newborns.
4. children exposed to antidepressant medication in utero walked a month later and there appears to be an increased risk of autism.
The most common, non-medicated treatment for depression is psychotherapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) are two psychotherapy models that effectively treat depression.
In one randomized controlled study with infertile depressed women, 79% of those who received CBT reported significant decreases in depressive symptoms, compared to 50% in the antidepressant medication group and 10% of the controls. Other research on CBT delivered in a mind/body group format showed that depression scores returned to normal by the end of the 10 week program and pregnancy rates were significantly higher in the mind/body group patients when compared to the control group.
In another mindfulness based study of infertile women, women who practiced mindfulness revealed a significant decrease in depressive symptoms, internal and external shame, entrapment, and defeat. Inversely, they presented statistically significant improvement in mindfulness skills and self-efficacy to deal with infertility. Women in the control group did not present significant changes in any of the psychological measures, except for a decrease in self-judgment.
We combine both models in the Mindful Fertility Journal to effectively reduce symptoms of depression.
NOTE: The vital issue here is that if you are experiencing symptoms of depression, or have in the past but they are well controlled on medication, you need to sit down with a mental health professional and carefully review the pros and cons of antidepressant medication versus the non-medication route.

If you are experiencing mild or moderate symptoms, the Mindful Fertility Journal may effectively, safely, and quickly treat your symptoms.

If your depressive symptoms fall into the severe category, you might want to consider taking a break from trying to conceive, going on medication, mastering the CBT and Mindfulness strategies in the Mindful Fertility Journal while stabilized on medication, and then tapering off the medication and using the CBT and Mindfulness methods as you start to try to conceive again.
If you are unsure if you are depressed and are experiencing many of the symptoms listed in this email, find out if you are indeed depressed and if so, how depressed. To find out, ask your doctor for a referral to a local mental health professional who specialized in fertility challenges.

The information in this email is not intended as a substitute for the direct diagnosis of a psychological condition by a qualified mental health practitioner.

If you have any questions about your mood please be in touch by replying to this email directly.
It is important to know symptoms of depression are incredibly common during challenges conceiving. Feeling depressed is NORMAL and you are not alone.
I created the Mindful Fertility Journal to help you reduce the symptoms of depression so you can continue to pursue your longing for a child.
If you have any questions, please reply to this email – I am with you every step of the way.
(Adapted from Depression and Infertility: Treatment Considerations, Dr. Alice Domar, PhD)
Buffy

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