A study from a few years ago found that, on average, men are almost twice as likely to experience depression following divorce than women. But it’s simply a matter of fact that divorce represents a change in our lives.
Sure, it’s a big change, but a change in our lives is somewhat of a guarantee. A key to weathering the storm is to expect change, acknowledge it and have a support system in place so that you can come out of it as quickly as possible.
In this issue, we’ll talk a little more about the study itself, and share tips for how you can avoid depression during your divorce experience.
Are men really more likely to experience depression after divorce?
Before we get into the specifics of the study, it’s imperative that we emphasize the importance of individuality. You’re a unique person, and there’s no guarantee that you should expect depression during or after your divorce. Again, the key is to be on the lookout for depression, be able to recognize its signs and know what to do if you feel yourself beginning to slide emotionally.
As for the study, there were 7,614 participants between the ages of 20 and 64. All were free of depression and in a relationship when they were first interviewed for the study.
When they were interviewed two years later, just over 4% who were married or living with a partner had separated. Of those, men were found to be six (6) times more likely to experience and episode of depression than the men who remained in a relationship.
Women, on the contrary, were only three-and-a-half (3.5) times more likely to experience depression.
What are the signs of depression after divorce?
Prolonged feelings of sadness are synonymous with depression, but there are a host of other telltale signs that should make you take notice, including:
- loss of appetite;
- reduced interest in hobbies you previously enjoyed;
- difficulty in maintaining concentration;
- experiencing feelings of pessimism or hopelessness; and
- constant fatigue.
How can I snap out of depression from divorce?
The biggest obstacle to overcoming divorce-induced depression is take that first step to do something about it. The good news is that first step doesn’t necessarily have to be a big one.
- Go for a walk.
Simply walking for a quick 20-40 minutes three times a week is a proven method of combatting the symptoms of depression.
- Watch what you eat.
It can be tempting to opt for comfort foods when you’re feeling down, but feeding your body what it actually needs will help keep your energy levels, sleep and overall health in check.
- Put yourself first.
Commit to making yourself feel good by doing something you know will make you feel better. If it’s taking in a ball game, heading to the beach or taking in a few days of camping, realize there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself.
- Be around people.
Few things will help change the state of your mind than being around other people. When you’re in a dark mood, being around others may be the last thing on your mind, but a listening ear or someone who will help clear your mind is definitely good for you.
For expert advice from a men’s divorce lawyer in San Diego, call The Men’s Legal Center.
We’ve written before about the importance of staying on top your game mentally and physically during and after your divorce. While hardly anyone plans for divorce when they marry, your situation could certainly be looked at as a fantastic opportunity to reinvent yourself.
If you’re a man facing divorce, we urge you to get in touch with us here at The Men’s Legal Center. Our sole purpose is to make sure men have the resources and knowledge they need for the best possible outcome in family court.