How Can I Deal With Anxiety and Depression During Divorce?

September 26th, 2018 in Marriage Counselling

The process of going through a divorce can often lead us into a path of depression and anxiety that can very quickly spiral out of control. Even for the party who chose to ask for the divorce, and even if they know that the end result is the best idea for moving forward, divorce is a huge life change and can cause some serious issues with our mental health.

Some symptoms of divorce-related depression or anxiety may include:

  • Trouble sleeping,
  • Heart palpitations,
  • Generalized sadness,
  • Uncontrollable crying,
  • Nausea and even vomiting.

The good news is that depression and anxiety caused by divorce has an end in sight. There are treatments that can help you get to the other side quicker, and on to feeling better about yourself and your new life ahead.

For some people, getting over their depression can be as simple as getting up and out and living their life – as hard as that may sound to someone who feels depressed. Even just getting off the couch and going outside can do wonders for how we feel. Sitting stagnant and thinking over and over again about what is going on only makes the cycle of depression and anxiety worse.

One way to motivate yourself to get out is by asking yourself what you would be doing right now if you weren’t dealing with depression? For some, remembering the passion for doing their favorite activities can be a great motivator.

One of the most important things to remember is that baby steps are still fantastic progress. As long as you are moving forward, you are making great progress toward feeling better. If you are concerned that a big life change such as divorce may be causing you to have depression or anxiety, speak with your mental healthcare team as soon as possible.