Going through a divorce is one of the most challenging times of a person’s life. We aren’t just referring to contentious divorces that result in litigation, amicable separations and “conscious uncoupling” can also be traumatizing in their own way. Thus, it’s very normal for people to experience divorce anxiety.
Our divorce attorneys in Raleigh are sharing the divorce anxiety symptoms you should look for and how to get the help you need to move forward with confidence.
Symptoms of Divorce Anxiety
Feelings of anxiety and panic attacks often come on suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere and often include the following symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dizziness or lightheadness
- Tingling or numbness
- Fear of losing control
These are all very common symptoms of anxiety and may only last a few minutes before you begin to feel “back to normal.”
Sometimes there may be a “trigger” to feelings of anxiety, such as a court date, meeting with your spouse and their attorney, or they may occur seemingly for no reason at all. You may be at work, at the grocery store, or even relaxing at home when you experience a panic attack.
What Causes Anxiety During a Divorce?
Any kind of life change can cause someone to experience anxiety, including a new job, moving to a new city, or having a baby. However, divorce anxiety is a bit different because not only is this a major life change, but it is one that can create feelings of insecurity, instability, and loneliness. The main reasons divorce causes anxiety includes:
- Financial upheaveal, especially if you were a homemaker during your marriage and you’re worried how you will support yourself
- Moving out of your home and finding a new place or living alone after being with your spouse for several years can feel uncertain
- Worry about losing friends who may choose your spouse over you
- Being alone and worrying if you’ll find someone else
- Not getting time with your children or fear they will blame you for the divorce
All of these are very common fears that can lead to deep-seated anxiety until you get through the divorce and create a stable new future without your spouse.
Solutions for Divorce Anxiety
There are three key steps you should take to ease your divorce anxiety.
Speak with Your Doctor
Anxiety is a medical condition, and it’s important to talk to your doctor about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Not only will they double-check to make sure it’s anxiety and not another underlying cause, but they also can prescribe a medication to regulate the symptoms and help you feel better.
Find a Therapist
In addition to speaking with your medical doctor, a mental health professional can help guide you through divorce anxiety. By talking to you about your fears and concerns, they can help you recognize the cause of your anxiety as well as give you tips to work through your symptoms such as mindfulness techniques and breathing strategies.
Hire a Divorce Attorney
If you’re struggling with divorce anxiety, you may be inclined to try to get the divorce over with quickly or not look out for your best interests during the proceedings. Having a divorce attorney who can advocate for your legal rights while you look after your mental health can lead you to a more favorable outcome. Also, if your anxiety is due to fears over finances or child custody, your attorney can help you determine your goals and fight to help you achieve them.
Schedule a Consultation with a Divorce Attorney Today
If you and your spouse are getting a divorce, you need a legal advocate who is dedicated to securing your best interests. We are on your side to help you through this challenging time so you can focus on moving forward. To schedule a consultation, reach out to us today at (919) 301-8843 or fill out the form below to get started.
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