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How do i cope with the depression after a divorce?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley answered

Specializes in Child Psychiatry

Cope with life: Focus on coping with daily needs (sleep, nutrition, exercise) & responsibilities (work, etc.). Maintain relationships with friends/other family for social support while seeking professional help for dealing with depression. Half of americans will experience depression at some time during life & there is no shame in seeking help. Persevere & thrive. Maintain health to be ready for whatever happens.

Answered 6/30/2021

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See below: Agree with dr. Kuhnley. Want to add that divorce is a loss. Like any loss, it needs to be grieved. Find a professional who can help you work through your grief and re-evaluate your needs at the moment. Good luck!

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

...and therapy: Seeing a good psychotherapist during and after a divorce can be a lifesaver. Many psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals have very extensive experience helping men and women through this major trauma (and their children, if they are in the picture, too). Many people benefit from medication, particularly if there is an underlying vulnerability to depression. Ask your md for a referral.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Divorce: If you are feeling depressed in terms of divorce you may be feeling responsible for the ending the marriage. If so talk with those close to you to resolve your guilt and if it does not life consult a mental health professional. Best.

Answered 10/15/2017

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Dr. Anthony Vertino answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Depression: Depression before, during and after a divorce is quite common. Getting help from a trained professional such as a Psychiatrist and/or Psychologist is a good idea and does not affect the "case" one bit. You are allowed to seek help without it having an impact on your divorce proceedings.

Answered 5/14/2016

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Take care of self: Divorce is a significant life change.Talk about your feelings & thoughts about the divorce &your life. . Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga & exercise program. If you feel stuck consider talking

Answered 4/24/2016

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