Divorce and Mental Health Risk Factors

Mental health of a couple at risk from divorce

If divorce is on the horizon, or if you’re in the middle of one, it may seem like the end of the world. Your life as you know it is going to change, and at least in the short term, it’s a change for the worse. This sad reality leads some men to contemplate suicide.

This is not the answer.

The truth is, there is a link between divorce and mental health. Specific mental health risk factors exist during divorce, and the grim reality of today’s divorce suicide rate cannot be ignored. However, even if it seems like there is no possible happy ending, there is light at the end of the tunnel. If you have these dark feelings, you should contact your doctor immediately. Help is available. You can get through this. You just have to ask for help.

Mental Health Risk Factors

Today’s major biophysical mental health risk factors during divorce include using drugs and alcohol, not getting enough sleep, and having a family history of mental health issues. Meanwhile, psychological risk factors include having low self-esteem. In addition, social risk factors include being abused in your marriage and not having many supportive friends. Finally, spiritual risk factors may come into play.

Unfortunately, the abovementioned challenges contribute to the current divorce suicide rate, which is especially high for men compared with women. According to the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, the suicide rate among divorced individuals in the United States is around 2.4 times higher than the rate for people who are married.

In light of the above, it is paramount that if you’re going through a divorce, you realize that a link does exist between divorce and your mental health.

How an Attorney Can Help You

The reality is, family law cases are always hard both emotionally and spiritually. For this reason, it is critical that you find an attorney who understands the connection between divorce and mental health. Your attorney should understand the mental health risk factors during divorce, how these impact the divorce suicide rate, and how to help clients dealing with mental health issues.

For starters, the attorney you choose should be passionate about personalizing and customizing your case to meet your unique legal and emotional needs. Look for an attorney who is willing to meet with you at the most convenient location for you to discuss your family law issues. As an example, an attorney could meet with you at your home, at your workplace, or in an office setting to discuss divorce or child custody.

Other possible issues that the right attorney can go over with you include contempt hearings, restraining orders, and even prenuptial or postnuptial agreements.

Also make sure that your chosen attorney offers you a free initial consultation. This consultation can give you a good idea about how the attorney views divorce and mental health. You’ll also learn how the attorney can help you to navigate your family law matter with confidence.

Receive Emotional and Legal Support During Your Divorce in San Diego Today

As you navigate divorce and mental health challenges, you may understandably feel a range of emotions. Perhaps you are afraid of the consequences, or maybe you feel that you do not know enough to take action. It’s possible that you may even be undecided about how to find legal representation.

You may be worried about where your child should stay while a custody hearing is going on. Or, you may be wondering how to respond when you learn that your loved one has placed a restraining order on you. I am passionate about and adept at addressing your most pressing emotional issues as you embark on the divorce process.

In addition, note that I will be the only one handling the details of your case. There is never a paralegal or secretary to go through if you want to talk.

Get in touch with me today to learn more about the link between divorce and mental health, as well as how I can help you to get through the difficulty of your divorce as quickly and easily as possible.

Also, if you or a loved one is having a mental health emergency, please contact 911. In addition, note that I am not a licensed mental health professional, and the content here is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace diagnosis or treatment by a psychologist.