Divorce is an upheaval in both parties’ lives. While men and women both suffer a hit to their mental health following a divorce, men may have more of a chance of developing severe depression. Divorced and single men have higher rates of depression than married men.
Additionally, the stress of divorce itself can weigh down on your mental health.
Symptoms of depression
After a divorce, you may feel the need to isolate yourself. Isolating, however, can exacerbate the feelings of loneliness that accompany divorce. Relying on your social network can help defend against depression and other mood disorders.
Depression does not simply manifest as sadness. While sadness can be a symptom, you may also have angry outbursts, loss of interest, anxiety or trouble concentrating. Most people with depression report sleep disturbances, insomnia or sleeping too much. If you find yourself fatigued, sore and unable to motivate yourself, it could be a sign of depression.
Treatment of depression
To treat depression, you have to care for yourself. Seek time for self-care and focus on yourself and how you feel. Reach out to your support system instead of staying to yourself. Friends and family members can help ground you. Find people you trust to vent your feelings rather than keep them inside. You might also find value in joining a support group for other divorced men. Support groups allow you to connect with people who understand your situation.
Treatment for depression can also include cognitive behavioral therapy and medication. A professional can help you find the appropriate treatments for your depression.