Are You Experiencing the Infertility Distress Syndrome?
Take this test to determine how well you are coping with infertility distress and the level of care you need.
This is a "mock diagnosis" of what I call the "Infertility Distress Syndrome." I developed this "disorder" myself while experiencing infertility and wrote it up this way to explain the devastating and far-reaching effects of infertility in my lectures to Psychiatric Residents at UCLA. Check the button next to each symptom you are experiencing. Then press the "Total" button at the bottom to calculate your score and determine your level of Infertility Distress.
SCORE: 0-4: You are coping in a very adaptive manner. Continuing your healthy behaviors can lessen your experience of stress and give you the optimal attitude for success.
5-9: MILD: You have a mild case of the Infertility Distress Syndrome. Try getting yourself more outside support now so that you can avoid worse symptoms later. Start by identifying helpful and understanding family members or friends and reaching out to them. Don't keep the pressure between you and your partner alone. Add some time for self-nurturing to your weekly routine as well.
10-19: MODERATE: You are experiencing a moderate level of the Infertility Distress Syndrome. Infertility distress and depression may be negatively affecting your treatment despite your best efforts. If you haven't reached out already, it's time to get outside help, such as friends and family, a Resolve Cookies and Conversation Group, or a Mind/Body or Support Group. How well you take care of yourself in the weeks and months before a treatment procedure can improve your mood and outlook, decrease your stress levels, and increase your chances of success.
20-30: SEVERE: You are experiencing severe distress and probably depression as well. Your patterns of negative emotions, pessimistic thinking, and chronic overdrive have exhausted you mentally, emotionally, and physically. It's time to consider a break from medical procedures to recover your sense of well-being before pursuing further infertility treatment. Good counseling or a Mind/Body Group can help you feel your best, prepare you for whatever treatment lies ahead, and be more successful in your efforts.