Study finds that divorce can affect men’s health

It is common knowledge that divorce can be a difficult experience. Maryland spouses who are preparing to end a marriage may be surprised to learn, however, that the ill effects of divorce may be especially damaging to men. Recent research suggests that divorced men have far higher rates of illness and death than those who are married. This underscores the importance of taking good care of oneself throughout the divorce process and beyond.

The study found that divorced men are as much as 250 times more likely to die than married men of the same age. Those deaths overwhelming came from heart disease, stroke and hypertension; all health concerns that are closely linked to high levels of stress. Furthermore, researchers found that divorced men were more likely to engage in high risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse.

Another alarming finding is that divorced men commit suicide at a rate 39 percent higher than that of married men. Depression was found to be more common among men who have divorced, as well. These findings may be tied to the social belief that men are tough and strong, and able to cope with emotional turmoil on their own. Unfortunately, this belief may lead many men who are going through a difficult period to shy away from seeking counseling or other forms of help.

For men who are facing divorce, it is important to know that there is no shame in having an emotional reaction to the end of one’s marriage. In many cases, seeking short-term counseling can provide a safe and confidential outlet for the stress and anxiety brought on by a divorce. In the long run, emerging from the process in good health is the most important goal, and looking after one’s health needs is just as important as attending to legal or financial needs.

Source: Huffington Post, Divorce Can Have Serious Impact On Men’s Health, New Research Finds, No author, Sept. 30, 2013

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