There’s no question that a divorce is a difficult major life change. You are likely experiencing changes to your parenting role, living situation, finances, and definitely in your role as a spouse. Each one of these shifts by themselves would be difficult to cope with, but all of them together is an earthquake in your life. You are probably feeling a wide range of emotions: grief, sadness, anger, resentment, self-blame, regret, fear, relief and more, all of which are normal. While these emotions are challenging, depression is one outcome that can knock you off your feet. A new study shows that while depression is common after divorce, it is not a foregone conclusion. According to the study, your past history of depression is an important clue as to whether divorce will trigger depression. 60% of people who experienced depression previously in their lives had an episode after divorce, compared to only 10% of people with no history of depression.
Wondering if your feelings are normal or if you are experiencing depression? Here is a list of the warning signs of depression:
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Insomnia or changes to sleep schedule
- Drastic changes in appetite
- Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Unexplained physical pain and symptoms
- Sadness, anxiety, and emptiness that does not subside
- Irritability or restlessness
- Suicidal thoughts
- Trouble concentrating
If you think you might be depressed, contact your physician. Depression can be treated and is a real medical condition that needs to be addressed. It is not “all in your head.”
DeTorres & DeGeorge successfully represents clients in divorce, custody, child support, alimony, and property division cases in Bloomsbury, New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Call us for a consultation at 908-284-6005.