Realising you may be sad but youre not mad

Many studies use measures of mood and anxiety to gauge how infertile couples feel throughout their IVF journey. The research clearly shows that keeping your spirits up through the turmoil of IVF is very hard, and couples commonly feel sad and worried while they're on the IVF program. When you feel really sad about something, it's very hard to enjoy anything in life. If you have trouble getting pleasure out of things you normally enjoy, you need to spend time dealing with your feelings and trying to get joy back into your life.

Symptoms of depression and anxiety are perfectly normal reactions to the extraordinary circumstances of requiring complex, demanding and invasive medical procedures to help you to have a baby. So, if you feel down, helpless, miserable, powerless, gloomy, unhappy or distressed — or all of the above — while you're on the IVF program, you're not crazy — you're just trying to get through a massive life challenge. But watch out for the chronic sadness that sometimes sets in and overshadows every aspect of your life. If you can't shake the blues, you need to talk to — yes, you guessed it — a clinic counsellor.

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