#psychlopedia – Infertility

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For the month of April, we are talking about infertility. Here is the ‘clinical’ definition of the term:

Infertility is defined as the inability to establish a clinical pregnancy after 12 months of regular, unprotected intercourse or due to impairment to reproduce either as an individual or with their partner.

We know, however, that infertility is so much more than this. It is an emotional rollercoaster that takes its toll on an individual and a couple.

It’s a journey that can be filled with judgment, despair, hope, and loneliness. Infertility can bring even the strongest couples a great deal of heartache, and it is important to recognize the psychological impact that it has on people.

It is also important to recognize that it is very common, and many people go through infertility but are too ashamed to talk about it.

Here are Biltmore Psychology and Counseling, we encourage you to seek outside support. Whether it’s friends or family, or someone more professional like a counselor or a therapist who is able to help. You are not alone, and should not have to go through this hardship alone.

#psychlopedia – divorce

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According to Dictionary.com the meaning of divorce is:

  • a judicial declaration dissolving a marriage in whole or in part, especially one that releases the marriage partners from all matrimonial obligations.
  • any formal separation of husband and wife according to established custom.
  • total separation; disunion:

Divorce is not easy for anyone involved. You might have feelings of failure, disappointment or sadness when you separate for the last time from your partner. It shouldn’t be a decision taken lightly, but one that is well thought about and carried out.

It will affect each partner in the divorce, as well as family members, children and friends. Think of this as a time to grow as an individual, and focus on the future. Learn from relationship, but don’t let the divorce be a weight you carry around your neck.

Two parents swing a happy child between their arms at sunset

#psychlopedia: co-parenting

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What is a ‘co-parent’?

According to Dictionary.com the definition of a co-parent is:

  • a divorced or separated parent who shares equally with the other parent in the custody and care of a child.
  • to share equally with another parent in the care of (a child)
  • to act as a co-parent

Coparenting can mean a variety of different things. If a couple is separated or divorced, it might mean how to best take care of the children as individuals but also together successfully. Coparenting also occurs in a family where the parents are still married. Each parent shares the responsibility for the child or children equally, and their ultimate goal is to provide the best possible care as a cohesive unit.

No matter what your family looks like, communicating in a positive and effective manner is always the best way to achieve healthy family dynamics.

#psychlopedia – Sleep Deprivation

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Happy Monday! Or depending on how you slept last night, perhaps it is a not so happy Monday. If you aren’t the type of person who keeps the same sleep schedule through out your weekend, or you suffer from sleep problems, Monday mornings can be rough. If you are chronically suffering from lack of sleep, you might be experiencing affects of Sleep Deprivation.

Sleep Deprivation:

-is the condition of not getting or having enough sleep. This can be a long term condition, or a short term condition. It is something that affects your emotional, physical, and cognitive processes. And the longer it occurs, the worse the symptoms and affects have on your body and brain.

-it can also cause weight gain, or weight loss. It can lead to mind cloudiness, clumsiness, inability to concentrate and excessive sleepiness.


So if you’re reaching for that extra cup of coffee this Monday morning, ask yourself if your sleeping habits are healthy? What could you be doing to improve them, and thus improving your overall health?

#psychlopedia – meditation

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According to the Merriam Webster dictionary definition, meditation means:

-to engage in contemplation or reflection


-to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness

We have been focusing on meditation, being mindful and more self aware for the month of March. As March comes to an end, and Spring has finally sprung, have you tried meditation yet? Have you done any self reflection or tried to be engaged in the present more?


#psychlopedia- Self Awareness

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By definition, self awareness is: conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires.

The benefits of being self aware are plentiful. If we as human beings can be aware of our thoughts, our actions, our own well being, we are able to connect and interact with our environment in a much more productive way. We can adapt to change better, and bounce back from negative thoughts sooner. Being self aware allows us to communicate with others better, and communicate with ourselves in constructive and positive way.

How do you think self awareness is beneficial?