Depression After A Divorce

Divorce can take a heavy toll on the lives of those involved. The feelings of anger, loss, confusion and betrayal can be overwhelmingly painful.  Depression after a divorce can be a very real  challenge.

Fighting Post-Divorce Depression and Loneliness


For those who have not undergone divorce, it can be extremely tough to even imagine what it takes to part ways with a loved one.  For most of those  who have, dealing with uncertainty is tough, and the only thought that runs wild in their minds is, “now what?”

Someone I know was one of those who was plagued with the thought,  “How can I thrive outside of the relationship?” When her unhappy marriage of six years came to an end, it became difficult for her to deal with rejection and a broken heart.

The negative feelings were so profound that panic attacks became a regular feature, and soon fear, loneliness and boredom began to creep in.

Gradually, depression became her identity, and in a bid to escape from reality, she resorted to drinking.

A few shots of alcohol made her feel light-headed and numb to the emotional pain.  However, each drink left her craving for more. Her brain began to depend on alcohol to release the feel-good chemicals.

Unfortunately, she ended up being a victim of addiction, which further aggravated her mental condition.

Coping strategies to combat pain of divorce

Divorce is neither shameful nor an indicator that life is over. The bottom line is that some relationships work, while others simply don’t.

Fighting Post-Divorce Depression and Loneliness

Undoubtedly, divorce is unfortunate, regardless of the causes or the circumstances, but one must learn to move on in life, rather than dwell on the past.

Here are some tips to consider after moving away from a loved one:

  • Regaining lost self-worth:

Believing in oneself is the key to regaining diminished self-esteem.  It is common to experience grief and bitterness, but it just takes a bit of focus and a new intention to allow oneself to keep going and regain the lost self-worth.

  • Staying busy:

As the old saying goes, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” An occupied mind can effectively counter the feelings of dejection. Investing time in pursing something gratifying goes a long way in banishing undesirable thoughts.

  • Letting bygones be bygones:

Clinging onto remorseful feelings and resentment is futile. While it is essential to acknowledge the past, as there could be several lessons to learn, dwelling on it only prevents an individual from getting ready for the next thrilling phase of life.

  • Seizing the moment:

Life is too beautiful to ignore. Getting the most out of life by seizing the moment is the remedy to stop worrying about what tomorrow may hold.  What matters is this moment in time, which is too precious to lose.

  • Setting right priorities:

Knowing one’s purpose in life will steer an individual in the right direction, and keep him or her away from unproductive thoughts and anxiety. Setting priorities in life is a compass which gives life a goal and meaning.

Moving toward a better life:

Fighting Post-Divorce Depression and Loneliness

Divorce should not be considered shameful, but it is not something easy either.

It can be a nerve-racking transition,and may lead to depression in the absence of proper support and counseling.

Talk therapy helps a divorcee to recover from post-divorce depression by incorporating partnership, support, relationship, collaboration, communication, understanding, action, and participation.

Talk therapy has been effective in addressing depression by changing the perception, thoughts, beliefs and moods of a divorcee toward a more positive direction.

Be it noted that everything in this post my apply to not only a couple but also to the children, close relatives, and friends who have had their lives disrupted by the divorce as well.

Children, and especially young people are often left to ask the question “Was I somehow responsible for what happened?”  That can be very dangerous!

Please feel free to leave below your comments or observations.


8 thoughts on “Depression After A Divorce”

  1. I do understand the dangers that are in it when it comes to divorce. I have seen a person who fell completely apart after going through a divorce. It wasn’t a very nice thing that happened and just like the example you have, she because really addicted. Depression in divorce can also happen to men too but it is a little less that that of the women. This is a very nice post and I thi k talk therapy might be a good option.

    1. Thank you for your comments and observations John.  They are appreciated, and add to the scope of this article.


  2. i know how hard divorce has been on some of my loved ones. I feel that one of the most important things is to have reliable support from your friends and family. 

    That in itself can be hard too, as some friends might choose ‘the other side’ and therefore you’re not only mourning your lost marriage, but also the loss of friendships. 

    1. Thanks for your comments Petra.  You raise a valid point about how hard if is for friends and relatives also to decide to whom or how to be supportive.  Also if children are involved it is equally hard for them.


  3. Thank you so much for your encouraging post about depression after a Divorce.

    You gave some really good tips on how to get past it and realize that it is just time for the next chapter of your life.

    I was divorced after 10 years and it was all really shocking to me.  I thought we would be together forever and my ideal of the family was broken.  It took me a while to move on but somehow the scars never seem to completely go away.  I guess as long as we learn from the past, that is a part of our healing journey.

    I look forward to reading more articles from you!


    1. Thank you for your wise observations and for sharing Alisha.  I love your comment about learning from the past and how it helps us heal.


  4. I know it all too well when it comes to divorce.
    Although it was so many years ago, it was still a difficult time to go through.
    It was a dark time in my life even though I did not want to be married anymore.
    I went through the depression and every other part of what happens when you divorce.
    Therapy helped me through it and I knew I had to change my attitude in order to start and build a new life.
    Friends and family were my therapy as well.
    You just have to stay positive and have the right attitude in order to move on.

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