Trauma is often misunderstood in our society. Most of us have heard of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). We may think of veterans or survivors of natural disasters. However, trauma can be much more complex than experiencing one or many stressful events. Many people are affected by something called Developmental Trauma. This kind of trauma can affect people even if the traumatic experience happened before they could remember.
Motherhood is still seen as a defining and expected role for women in most cultures. When a couple experiences infertility, it can cause a strain on the marriage and create an enormous amount of grief. The grief associated with infertility is a lot more complex and difficult than most people realize. As a Thanatologist, I classify infertility as a non-death loss filled with chronic sorrow, often unsupported and/or stigmatized by society.
Stress can wreak havoc on the body, especially when it comes to issues surrounding fertility. Stress in itself can negatively affect hormone, sleep, mood, digestion and fertility. When stressed, your body is in survival mode, also know as fight-or-flight mode. Your sympathetic nervous system is in full operation: your heart pumps faster, your breathing increases, your muscles tense up, your senses are on full alert.
It is a well-known fact that we are spending more and more time looking at screens and the pandemic has only exacerbated that fact. With virtual learning and Zoom meetings now commonplace, it is no wonder that we are starting to see some effects on the eye health of children, teens, and adults of all ages.