Is The Stress Of Divorce Causing Ill Health?

Year Published: 2017

Angelina Jolie has revealed in this month’s Vanity Fair magazine that the stress of divorce and her split from Brad Pitt caused her physical health problems including Bell’s Palsy.

Anita Scorah, Associate in Family Law at SAS Daniels

Anita Scorah, Associate Family Law Solicitor

This follows media reports last week which focused on the 2017 Alzheimer’s International Conference in London. The AAIC 2017. The studies presented at the conference confirmed that difficult life events, including the breakdown of a marriage, can cause the brain to age by at least four years.

Experts have linked this to the risk of developing dementia later in life.

Anxiety, depression, sleeplessness and grief are common consequences of a relationship breakdown, with the emotional impact exacerbated by financial concerns and the stresses attached to inevitable change.

The Journal of Marriage and Family has reported that divorced middle-aged men and women are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, compared with married people of the same age. This is likely to be because prolonged stress exposes the body to continuously heightened levels of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol which have a detrimental effect on health.

What can you do to reduce the stress of divorce?

When a marriage breaks down, it is usual for there to be recrimination, anger and distress. A specialist family solicitor will do all they can to reduce the acrimony and hostility in order to ease the stress of divorce. In the recent AAIC studies it emphasises just how important a cordial and respectful approach to divorce is. It’s not just beneficial for any children involved but also for your own health.

As well as receiving the right legal advice you can ease the stress of divorce through aiming to settle any disputes outside of court, through negotiation and coming to mutual agreements. Each divorce is unique and mutual agreements aren’t always possible but there are alternative methods to help ease the stress, such as mediation.

For more information on the divorce process and how to reduce the stress of divorce, please contact Anita Scorah in our Family Law team on 01625 442123.

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