Divorce has the potential to take an extreme toll on anyone’s mental and emotional well-being. Indeed, according to Psychology Today, you may experience a host of emotions, including anger, depression and anxiety, in the lead-up to your divorce. This is true even if ending your marriage is the right course of action for everyone in your family.
While it certainly is possible to white-knuckle your way through your divorce, you are likely to have a better psychological outcome by participating in divorce therapy. After all, going to divorce therapy gives you the tools you need to heal from your divorce. Here are three signs you probably need divorce therapy.
1. You are having trouble controlling your emotions
It is perfectly normal to feel sad and angry about the end of your marriage. If you have frequent emotional outbursts, though, you may be having trouble controlling your emotional response. If these outbursts interfere with your work, family life or recreational pursuits, you should consider asking for professional help.
2. You cannot make decisions
You are going to have to make some major decisions during and after your divorce. Regrettably, the emotional fallout from the end of your marriage can make decision-making extremely difficult. Rather than hoping for the best possible outcome, you may want to ask a divorce therapist to recommend some proactive coping strategies.
3. Your kids are suffering
Your children are the most important individuals in your life. If you are not handling your divorce particularly well, though, your kids also may be suffering emotionally. Instead of risking the mental health of your children, you may want to get some help for yourself.
Ultimately, even if there is a slim chance you will benefit from a divorce therapist, it is hard to overstate the importance of seeing one.