The process of getting a divorce in Illinois often includes dealing with strong and complex emotions: fear, sadness, relief and confusion. While you may start to feel better as soon as you sign the papers, you may instead find it more difficult to move on with your life. You may struggle with depression or other mental health issues. While you may have to look hard to find them, there are resources that address the connection between men’s mental health and divorce.
Resources from recent years show how challenging divorce often is for men, especially when there are children involved. WebMD offers several important tips to help men avoid making common post-divorce mistakes. For example, you may want to find a new romantic relationship right away, especially if you are dealing with depression, loneliness or self-doubt. However, it is often better to work on improving your own mental health before beginning a serious relationship. Spending time with close friends may be a better plan for the first year or so after your divorce.
You may have legitimate complaints about your ex-spouse, but nursing hostile feelings may harm you and compromise your quality of life. If you struggle with uncontrollable anger, you may want to work with a therapist or attend a conflict management course. It is also essential to build and maintain a strong relationship with your children. It may be challenging if you do not see your children as often due to custody arrangements, but the end of your marriage does not change your status as your children’s father. You may focus on providing a comfortable and safe home where you may build a meaningful relationship with your children.
This information on divorce and mental health is general and intended for educational purposes; it should not be interpreted as legal advice.