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ANXIETY DISORDERS

Anxiety disorders are characterized by persistent exaggerated worrying, even when a situation does not warrant a high amount of concern.  People with anxiety disorders often expect the worst in every situation and are overly worried about health, money, family members, a job, and other issues.

 

While many with anxiety disorders realize that they are exaggerating their concerns, and a particular situation does not warrant their reaction, they find themselves unable to control their worrying.  Anxiety disorders can completely take control of an individual’s daily life, making them feel as if they cannot function properly as they go throughout their day.



DEPRESSION

While occasional sadness is to be expected, when these feelings of sadness last for a few weeks and begin to interfere with a person’s daily life, it may be that the person is suffering from depression.  A depressed person may experience feelings of intense sadness, a sense of hopelessness, worthlessness, irritability, and a loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable.  Depression is a relatively common disorder that is often easily treated.  However, if left untreated it can lead to health problems and thoughts of suicide in some cases.  It is important for someone suffering from depression to get help and begin to live a happier life.



RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships with family, friends, colleagues, or a partner can bring love, pleasure, support, and happiness into your life.  They can also bring suffering, guilt, and depression if things go wrong.  Most problems can be resolved if they are recognized. 

 

No relationship runs smoothly all the time.  Distractions, differences in expectations, personal histories, and lack of effective communication are a few of the many problems that can surface.  You can work to resolve your relationship problems and enrich your life with proper counseling.



FAMILY & LIFE TRANSITIONS

Life is a process of beginnings and endings.  Transitions are natural but they are challenging because they force us to let go of the familiar and face the future with a feeling of vulnerability.  Most life transitions begin with losses, including the loss of a role, person, place, or sense of where you fit in the world.

 

Any significant loss makes most people feel fearful and anxious.  Since your future may now be filled with questions, it is normal to feel afraid.  We live in a culture that has taught us to be very uncomfortable with uncertainty, so we feel anxious when our lives are disrupted.  On the positive side, these transitions give us a chance to learn about our strengths and to explore what we really want out of life.  This time of reflection can result in a sense of renewal, stability, and a new equilibrium.

INFERTILITY

Most people simply take it for granted that they will be able to have children.  When infertility occurs, it is often described as a life crisis, creating upheavals similar to those associated with a death in the family or divorce.  People are often shocked when they discover that they are infertile and commonly go through a period of disbelief. 

 

Women have different experiences of infertility, but there are several feelings that are common.  Women may feel a sense of anger at not being able to have children and resentment towards other pregnant women.  They may also have feelings of guilt, viewing their infertility as punishment for putting their career first, using contraception, or for a previous termination.  Some women may feel uncomfortable around children and consequently start to isolate themselves from family and friends who have children.  Increasing isolation leaves the women without social support networks to help them overcome the feelings of depression and frustration commonly associated with infertility.  Becoming informed, consulting with a therapist, and joining a support group can help in coming to terms with infertility.