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Have you noticed unexpected weight gain or weight loss after your divorce? Perhaps you have not been able to sleep or find your stomach is constantly upset. Or worse, you have chest pains, or your doctor has prescribed you with a long-term issue.

Divorce doesn’t just affect your wallet and lifestyle; it can also do a number on your health both in the short and long term.

It’s not a once and done event, divorce and its health consequences can follow you for years after the fact.

Many people do not realize that mental health and physical wellbeing are cyclical and often impact on another. If you have unexplained pains or discomforts, your emotional or mental state may be to play. Likewise, being anxious or depressed may be the result of physical debilitations. Divorce can be a huge stressor and agitator when it comes to mental and physical health.

Below is some information on what studies have shown when it comes to long term health and divorce as well as the chances for recovering your health after.

Long Term Impact

Divorce isn’t just stressful for a short time. It has long term health effects thanks to the toll it takes on mental health. Chronic health problems are more likely to arise in divorced people than those of the same age group and demographic who are still married

Lasting Stress

One important health effect is lasting stress catalyzed from divorce. One of the problems is how long and complicated the divorce process can be and how stress can attach at different points—before, during, and after. Even when the cause of stress goes away, the effects can linger and progress over time. It can also make it easier for stress to come on more aggressively as you encounter new stressors.

How Remarriage Helps

One bright spot and hope you have after divorce is that remarriage or a new relationship can not only help you move on but help your health as well. While remarriage cannot fully heal the trauma and emotional stress that comes from a failed marriage, those who remarried or maintain a healthy new relationship seem to have a better health outcome than those who do not. Strong emotional support can also be a huge boost in preventing chronic conditions that can arise from long term stress and depression.

Related Questions

What conditions can divorce cause?

The lasting stress on your body that endures during and after a divorce can linger and cause cardiovascular issues and complications. So, make sure to see a doctor when you aren’t feeling right. Being proactive about managing your stress can deter poor health.

Can divorce make you sick?

The stress of divorce may reveal health problems. Certain conditions can be triggered by stress and are more likely to appear after divorce. You may find yourself at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and more serious diseases if you manage your health. Preexisting conditions are also a factor that you’ll want to be aware of.

If you are going through a divorce or feeling the physical and emotional aftereffects, reach out to your primary care physician and know your options for a health plan. Although divorce is an end to a marriage, its also about a new beginning on life and you want to make sure you are able to enjoy it.

Get the support you need during a difficult time. If you are contemplating a divorce it is important to seek legal advice, the divorce and family law attorneys at Rappleye & Rappleye, P.C. in Jackson, have the experience and compassion to help. Our family law firm is prepared to offer our clients knowledgeable representation on a wide range of issues that range from legal separation, property division, child custody, spousal support and more. If you need advice, support, or are ready to move on with your future, call us and speak to a divorce attorney today.