Will Divorce Make You Depressed?

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.

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About DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law

DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law is a New Jersey based family law firm that has been helping New Jersey residents achieve the best possible results in their divorce for nearly 30 years. The DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law team is always ready to fight for their clients’ rights – determined to help New Jersey families overcome legal challenges from start to finish. Our legal team, with over 65 years of combined experience, provides expert guidance on all family law and divorce-related matters, including custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, equitable distribution of assets, premarital agreements, post-divorce issues, executive compensation distribution, divorces for business owners, and divorce mediation. The firm has been recognized for its dedication and expertise in the industry by multiple local and national organizations, including Super Lawyers, Law Firm 500, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Rosanne DeTorres, Managing Partner, is one of 150 lawyers certified as a matrimonial law attorney.

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