With Divorce Can Come Depression
For anyone who has gone through divorce, you know how difficult a situation it can be. After all, you planned a life with someone and now all that has changed.
If you are struggling with the emotional loss and grief of divorce, you may become depressed. Depression after divorce is very common, even among those who ended the relationship willingly. This difficult time of adjustment won't last forever. Here is what you need to know about divorce and depression and how to make it through to the other side.
“Depression during divorce is common, normal and may need to be addressed if it has a negative impact on your daily life and functioning,” says Bridget DeFiccio, Senior Vice President, Integrated Health, Acenda. “It’s a stressful time and we need to understand and give ourselves the skills and time needed to address each symptom. In most situations, the depression is situational and we will move beyond the sadness.”
Symptoms of Depression During or After a Divorce
The symptoms of depression after divorce are very similar to symptoms of clinical depression. The characteristics of situational depression include:
- Lack of appetite
- Loss of interest in activities and hobbies
- Insomnia or sleeping too much
- Spells of uncontrollable crying
- Problems concentrating or focusing
- Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and pessimism
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
Here are six ways to improve depression and get on with living a new life
- Remind yourself that this is only temporary. The process of divorce will have an ending and your daily life will move beyond the pain.
- Write in a journal. It can help to jot down your feelings each day. Putting something on paper can relieve stress you are feeling from what you are going through.
- Be social. Go out and socialize with new or old friends. Talking with others can make you feel much better. Don’t ignore your family who are there to help you.
- Join a support group. You can gain insight into what others have been going through.
- Pick up a hobby. Whether it’s going to the gym, knitting, cooking or crafting, hobbies are a great outlet for taking your mind off of your worries.
- Don’t isolate yourself from others. Remain active and involved in your work, volunteering, and other activities.
“If you are still feeling down and unable to get through the day, you may need some mental health support,” adds DeFiccio. “It’s nothing to be ashamed about, and you will find that talking it through and acknowledging your depression will help you feel better." Clinicians in our Counseling & Wellness Centers can help you through this challenging moment. Call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632) for more information.