As Wisconsin divorce lawyers, we know that the whole process can put you on an emotional rollercoaster, and that’s true whether you were the one who initiated the proceedings or you were trying to improve your marriage.
It’s completely normal to feel anger, grief and a whole host of other emotions during divorce… but what happens when your sadness gives way to clinical depression?
What is Depression?
Psychologists suggest that people who are going through difficult situations (divorce certainly tops the list of stressful situations, with many professionals comparing it to a death in the family) are more likely to suffer from depression.
Depression is a medical condition, and there are several treatments available to help people who are suffering from it. Many people find that drugs, therapy, or a combination of the two are very effective.
Some of the symptoms of depression include:
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Inability to enjoy activities that you used to find pleasurable
- Persistent feeling of sadness
- Difficulty sleeping or difficulty waking
- Changes in energy levels
- Irritability or irrational anger
- Changes in appetite, or weight gain or loss that’s not due to changes in exercise and diet
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
If you feel as if you’d rather die than deal with your divorce, it’s time to seek help. Don’t wait.
What to Do if You Suspect You’re Suffering From Depression
If you think you may be suffering from depression, it’s always a good idea to talk to a counselor or therapist who can help you.
If you don’t know someone, your Milwaukee divorce attorney can point you in the right direction.
Divorce is tough – we know that. The sad truth is that many people who have depression don’t realize what’s happening to them… and some people suffer needlessly before they even know they need help.
It’s our mission to help you through this difficult time, so let us know how we can best do that. Call us at 414-383-6700 if you need us.