For most people, a divorce is one of the most stressful and emotional situations they are likely to go through in their lives. The broad-reaching implications that a divorce may have on your life and the lives of your children can be difficult for anyone to cope with. During these challenging times, it is important to not only seek an attorney for your legal and financial needs, but to also seek help for your emotional well-being.
There is no shame in taking proper care of yourself, and that includes taking care of your mind as well as your body.
At the law firm of Iwanyshyn & Associates, located in Pittsburgh, Allison Park and North Hills, Pennsylvania, it is our hope that all our clients will take care of themselves by seeking the help that they need. Our firm is able to provide references to places where our clients can receive help, including therapists and support groups that specialize in divorce and other family law issues.
After your case is over and the legal process of divorce is finished, the emotional impact of a divorce may remain, and professional support and comfort can help you cushion that impact.
During and after a divorce or other life-changing family law event, experiencing grief and depression is common. Many therapists compare the sense of loss in a divorce to what is felt after the loss of a loved one, as it is essentially the death of your marriage. Many people feel that their emotional problems and their pain are not real, but divorce and depression can result in physical symptoms, including:
Loss of sleep or too much sleep
Lack of appetite or overeating
Fatigue, aches and pains
Excessive alcohol and drug usage
Irritability and anger
Guilt, anxiousness and worthlessness
While feeling this way and experiencing these symptoms are normal after a divorce, it is important to ask for help and seek out support and guidance for these issues, as they may be caused by a severe depression that could result in much greater consequences if not dealt with in a reasonable amount of time.
Some of our clients believe that they need to appear strong to present themselves better in a courtroom, and that receiving therapy or antidepressant medication will lower their chances of obtaining a favorable result in their divorce. Fortunately, this is not true, and our clients are advised that it is okay to ask for help.