Michael E. Golub, P.A.

Dealing with depression at the same time as a divorce

Divorce and mental health are strongly linked. Those in unhappy marriages may be unhappy in the relationship because either themselves or their spouse is suffering from mental health issues. Conversely, a toxic marriage or issues in a relationship can lead to mental health issues. The stress of a divorce and the life changes that it leads to can also increase feelings of anxiety and depression in many.

If either you or your divorcing spouse is dealing with depression while going through the divorce process, it is important that you do not simply ignore this. Those suffering from any form of depression should seek guidance from a medical professional. Through counseling and medication, recovery is possible. The following are some key tips on dealing with depression during a divorce.

Write about your feelings

In any divorce, many uncomfortable and overwhelming emotions need to be dealt with. If you feel that these emotions are consuming you, you should try to keep a diary or write things down. This can help you process your thoughts.

Do things that you enjoy

Depression makes it harder to enjoy the simpler things in life, and it can make you avoid doing things you once enjoyed. Try to do one thing per day that you derive pleasure from and try to focus on the enjoyment of it. It could be taking a walk, reading a book or lighting a candle while drinking coffee.

If you are struggling in your divorce, gaining control of the logistical aspects of the proceedings could help you deal with the mental aspects of the journey.

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