No one in Rhode Island enters a marriage expecting it to end in divorce. Still, unfortunately, many couples find themselves embroiled in conflict and struggling to stay together. While the emotional toll of divorce is well-documented, new research has found that the physical and mental health of those involved can also take a hit during this time of upheaval and uncertainty.
The impact of divorce on mental and physical health
Divorce can have a profound effect on psychological and physical health. A new study has found that divorce conflicts strain mental and physical health and can even lead to death.
The study, which researchers in Denmark conducted, looked at data from over 1,800 participants who went through a divorce after 12 to 13 years of marriage. The participants were asked about their levels of conflict with their former spouse and overall mental and physical health.
The study’s findings
The findings showed that those who reported higher levels of conflict with their former spouse were more likely to report poor mental and physical health. They were also more likely to die during the follow-up period than those who reported lower levels of conflict.
While the study does not prove that divorce directly causes poor health, it suggests that the stress of divorce can harm mental and physical health. Therefore, if you are going through a divorce, it is essential to seek support from family and friends to help you cope with the stress. Talking to a therapist to help deal with the emotions associated with divorce might be beneficial.
If stress continues to weigh you down after a divorce, perhaps a neutral third party can act as a barrier between you and your ex. An experienced mediator can reduce the tension and make life more enjoyable.