We are all generally aware that divorce has a huge impact on our emotional and psychological well-being.  We all know that it really “rocks the boat” in all parts of our lives. The various stages you will go through during your divorce can take its toll, and even if you are doing well at one stage, the next stage may become unexpectedly rocky both emotionally and psychologically. Indeed, the end of a marriage usually dislodges every facet of person’s life including your inner world and the outer work of housing and finances as well as time with family.

Mental Health Issues Associated with Divorce

Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether your divorce process may have become too difficult to cope with at different stages of upheaval and change. A loss of security and support and feelings of uncertainty and doubt are extremely common for most people. This can easily lead to new or latent mental health issues or worsening of preexisting conditions, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, insomnia, substance misuse, and addiction.

If you are struggling with any feelings or symptoms associated with these conditions, seeking the appropriate treatment is crucial. You may also want to consider what care and services you will need from your legal counsel during this difficult time. McMurdie Law & Mediation provides compassionate and caring legal assistance to our clients going through a divorce. We understand how challenging this process can be, and we work hard to ensure that we ease the burden as much as possible. We can also be a resource for different care during your divorce.

Emotional Stages of Divorce

Much like after the death of a loved one, people can experience stages of grief during or following a divorce. These feelings are not universal, but often the steps look like this:

  • Denial
  • Pain and fear
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

Prioritizing mental health during divorce is often a fragile balance of allowing yourself to grieve and work through your emotions combined with setting aside strong feelings to get the details taken care of. Both are important, and if you feel like you are having difficulty with either or both, you may want to consider accepting help from others.

Seeking the Care and Attention You Need

Many people find solace and comfort in support groups or individual therapy sessions. Exercise, meditation, or dietary adjustments can be beneficial for others. What will ultimately help you through this trying time will be unique to your needs and lifestyle.

Your divorce lawyer will help guide you through the process of divorce which may relieve some of the burdens you’ve been carrying. Simply understanding the steps, the court proceedings which will be required and what’s expected of you, may go a long way to reducing stress and improving your mental state. Some attorneys may also be able to recommend a qualified therapist who understands the stressors of divorce.

At McMurdie Law & Mediation, our goal is to help you uncouple in a way that allows you both to move on with your lives. Contact McMurdie Law & Mediation at 480-777-5500 today for a no-cost initial consultation and case evaluation.