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How relationship breakdown can affect health


Following on from my blog posted back in March this year, which highlighted the results of a US study that dealt with the potential health consequences of divorce and relationship breakdown, further research has revealed that those going through a divorce, together with those who are widowed, suffer 20% more long term health problems than those who remain married.

Divorce is often compared to a bereavement, and is cited as the second most stressful and difficult experience a person can go through, after death. Such an experience will inevitably have some sort of effect on health, and the study in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour reveals that disruption in marital stability can often be linked to chronic conditions, mobility limitations, self-rated health and depression.

Clearly every individual is different, and the authors of the study are keen to point out that not everyone who goes through a divorce or separation is destined to suffer with their health, however they do emphasis that anyone experiencing a relationship breakdown should make sure that they look after themselves both physically and emotionally.

As I have mentioned in my previous blog, we have good links with a number of counselling services and mediators and are happy to provide their details to anyone who feels they might benefit even from just a quick chat. We are also happy to arrange an appointment for you to come in and see one of our solicitors if you are looking for some legal and practical advice to help you try and move forward.

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