Can divorce impact my health?

As an active member of the military you’re probably concerned about maintaining optimum health. After all, the U.S. military requires its members be physically fit as well as emotionally health in order to perform duties to the best of their ability. Divorce can have an impact on your emotions, but it can also affect your physical health in a number of ways. Prevention explains the health impact divorce can have and what you can do to mitigate these issues.

Changes in Weight

Many people find food comforting. After a divorce when negative emotions run high, these people often turn to eating as a form of stress relief, which in turn can cause weight gain. Conversely, some people lose their appetites altogether, which is often a symptom of depression. In either case, a drastic change in your weight should be addressed with a medical professional.

Substance Abuse Issues

Finding solace in drugs and alcohol after a separation can lead to further issues down the line. Many divorcees are looking for a means of escape, whether it’s through alcohol or an illicit substance. Military members are subject to high standards and using illegal substances can lead to severe disciplinary action (as well as develop into an addiction over time). Additionally, men are more prone to substance abuse issues post-divorce according and are less likely to seek help.

Problems Sleeping

Insomnia entails difficulty falling asleep as well as problems staying asleep throughout the night. This effect is also linked to depression, which is common after the break up of a marriage. Some people going through the divorce process even experience nightmares, which can cause anxiety (especially when sleeplessness persists).

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