Divorce significantly impacts the lives of both partners, sometimes in unexpected ways. People going through a divorce may experience significant impacts on their health and well-being. These changes may be felt for years to come, increasing the need for self-care before, during, and well after a divorce is final.
Depression, Anxiety, and Divorce
For people who have a history of depression, divorce can trigger a depressive episode. The Clinical Psychological Science journal reports that depression resurfaced in 60 percent of divorcing study participants who had previous bouts with depression. With a proactive approach to treating depression throughout the divorce process, the severity and length of future episodes can be reduced.
While depression does not affect every person going through a divorce, anxiety often does. Anxiety increases with any major life change – both positive and negative. Treating anxiety naturally with yoga or meditation can be helpful. When the anxiety of divorce becomes so intense that it interferes with daily life, couples should seek the help of a physician.
When anxiety keeps divorcing couples up at night, sleep deprivation can become a serious issue. Ongoing sleep disruption leads to negative changes in a person’s resting blood pressure. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule is especially challenging during the divorce process, but it is crucial to emerging healthy on the other side.
Perhaps the most concerning health issue during a divorce is an increased risk of heart disease. According to a 2015 study, men are more vulnerable to heart disease after their second and third divorces. Women, however, are more at risk of a heart attack after their first divorce, even if they go on to happily remarry. Compounding that concern is the fact that more women than men exit marriage without health insurance, leaving them even more susceptible to the health risks of divorce.
Towson Divorce Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC Aggressively Represent Spouses Seeking Divorce
Divorce is a complicated and often painful process that can impact your physical and emotional health. Townson divorce lawyers at Huesman, Jones, & Miles, LLC handle the practical matters so you can focus on moving forward. Call our Maryland offices today to discuss your situation at 443-589-0150. You can also complete our convenient online contact form. We proudly serves clients throughout Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, and Howard County, including the towns of Baltimore, Towson, Essex, Columbia, Pikesville, and Bel Air.