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Divorce And Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act.” [1] A decline in a person’s mental health can be triggered by major life events (i.e. birth, death, divorce, job(s), etc.). When going through a divorce, you must evaluate and recognize the status of your mental health

Mental health has a long history of a negative associations. However, the stigma attached to mental health problems is slowly beginning to erode. Why? Because people are more willing to talk openly about mental health and are even seeking help when their mental health is in decline. Even celebrities like The Rock, Ryan Reynold, and Kristen Bell have joined the conversation and spoke about their own struggles with mental health.[2] A survey conducted by Mental Health America found that 1 in 5 adults in American have a mental health condition.[3] Whether you have a preexisting condition or throughout the divorce process feel as though you are struggling to maintain your mental health, the following are a few tips to help you survive your divorce.

First, understand that your feelings are normal. A divorce can cause a multitude of emotions, for example: loss, anger, sadness, worry, and even loneliness. These feelings are a normal part of the process but don’t let them impact your overall health. Second, seek help. Don’t wait until your emotions escalate out of control. Be honest with where your mental health is and seek out the resources that can help you get back on track. Third, don’t act in the moment. When emotions are heightened, take time to stop and reflect before acting. Lashing out at your spouse or becoming vindictive may feel good in the moment but can have lasting consequences in the divorce proceedings or your life.

Finally, seek guidance from a divorce attorney. During a divorce people often feel overwhelmed at the legal process. Engaging with an experienced divorced attorney to assist you in navigating the legal system will reduce unnecessary stress. If you or someone you know is going through a divorce, call The Law Office of Wyckoff Nissenbaum to speak with a divorce attorney.

[1] https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health

[2] https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/celebrities-bring-awareness-to-mental-health-issues/ar-AAxpsUz

[3] http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/state-mental-health-america