The psychiatrists and therapists at Women’s Behavioral Health Specialists help women manage stress, anxiety, and mood disorders that develop as a result of urogynecologic problems, including interstitial cystitis, pelvic floor prolapse, and incontinence.
Treatment for stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns linked to urogynecologic conditions depends on the specific cause, your symptoms, and the severity of your condition. Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend one or more treatments, including:
Urogynecologic conditions can cause pain and other symptoms that significantly affect your quality of life, which may lead to frustration, low self-esteem, social isolation, and embarrassment. As a result, some women develop feelings of depression and anxiety that are severe and don’t go away.
Distress related to some urogynecologic conditions, such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and interstitial cystitis, can be caused by physical, sexual, or emotional trauma.
Urogynecology-related mental health issues that may require treatment include:
If you have been diagnosed with a urogynecologic condition, you should get help if you experience symptoms of depression or anxiety that last for more than a few days. Symptoms may include:
Anyone who is diagnosed with a urogynecologic condition can develop related emotional and behavioral issues.
However, if you have a personal or family history of mental health conditions, you may be at a higher risk of developing a mental health problem related to your urogynecologic condition. And, the more severe your urogynecologic condition, the higher your risk of experiencing anxiety and depression.
The best way to prevent mental health issues is to be proactive about your mental and emotional condition and get help at the first signs of problems.
It may help to eat well, exercise, give yourself time during the day to relax, and spend time doing activities you enjoy. Deep breathing, yoga, massage, and guided imagery may help you relax.
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