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The potential health impacts of a divorce

A divorce can lead to a person facing many issues. One of the types of issues that can arise in connection to a divorce are legal issues (such as property division, spousal support, child support and child custody).

A divorce can also give rise to mental and emotional issues. Such issues can be very impactful on a person. Such issues can even have effects on a person's health.

A person's mental health can be impacted by a divorce. For example, a divorce and the issues related to it can sometimes lead to a person facing chronic stress. Chronic stress is a very serious thing and it can have a variety of significant effects. Other mental health issues individuals sometimes face in relation to a divorce include: depression, anxiety and identity crises.

The mental health effects of a divorce can cause a domino effect leading to a person also experiencing problems with their physical health. Some examples of physical health issues the mental health effects of a divorce can lead to a person facing include: weight gain, sleeping problems, immune system weakening and digestive problems.

As one can see, there are a variety of health impacts a divorce can have. It is important for individuals who are going through a divorce to be aware of such potential effects, as awareness can help a person to be better prepared to address such impacts if they arise.

There are things a person can do to try to minimize the potential health impacts of a divorce, including: regularly engaging in stress-reducing activities, practicing healthy living habits, engaging in healthy sleep habits and addressing mental and emotional issues one is facing in a healthy manner. Also, if a person who is going through a divorce is struggling with mental or physical health issues, he or she shouldn't hesitate to seek help.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Breaking Up: 7 Ways A Split Can Affect Your Physical And Mental Health," Carolyn Gregoire, June 25, 2013


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