A divorce can be a complex legal matter as well as a difficult personal matter to manage. Therefore, it is no wonder divorce can frequently have a significant impact on someone’s mental health.
Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders affecting the population, and high-stress personal matters can increase the risk of developing depression. Studies have shown that the stress surrounding a divorce could increase the risk of depression.
What is the chance of depression after divorce?
It is natural to feel a wide range of emotions when facing a divorce. Stress, regret and sadness are especially common, even if you wanted to end the marriage. Sometimes these emotions can escalate into a larger issue that impacts your overall mental health in the long run. For example:
- Recent studies say that individuals experiencing a divorce might be 2.5 to 9.4 times more likely to develop depression
- Individuals who are already diagnosed with depression might develop more or heightened symptoms
- Conflict in divorce is usually what increases the risk and likelihood of depression, as well as anxiety and other mental health concerns
The findings of these studies are not to say that getting a divorce is the wrong decision. For many people, it is the right thing to do to end an unhealthy or unfulfilling relationship. It is simply important to be aware of these potential effects. Protecting your mental health is crucial.
Two steps to take during a divorce
There are two things that you should consider as you navigate your divorce:
- Watch for the signs of depression, anxiety or other mental health disorders
- Talk to someone and know when to seek help.
Remember, there is no shame in admitting that you need help.