Family Law Blog

Marital Stress Linked to Depression

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Sometimes, a divorce is not just the most sensible decision to make, but also the healthiest decision to make. According to a new study, suffering marital stress may actually place a person at risk for suffering symptoms of depression.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University Of Wisconsin-Madison. The researchers found that people, who were experiencing marital stresses in their life, were less able to properly enjoy positive experiences. That is one of the classic symptoms of depression. These people were also much more likely to report other symptoms of depression.

Overall, marriage is generally reported to be a trigger for higher levels of mental health and happiness. Married couples do report greater levels of happiness, and higher self-esteem. However, when there are marital-related troubles, just the opposite can happen. Persons involved in marital struggles may suffer social stress as a result of their chronic marital conflict. Chronic marital stress could lead to depression.

There is no denying that a toxic and hostile marriage can contribute to negativity. As the marital struggles compound, spouses may begin to develop feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress, and this could affect other areas of their lives. You could find that your marriage problems are affecting you at work, and your ability to take care of your kids well, or be attentive to your children.

In such cases, making a clean and effective break from the marriage in the form of a divorce may be the healthiest decision that you could make. If you’re not ready for a divorce, try out a trial separation, which allows you and your spouse to spend time away from each other, and reassess your feelings, before you make the decision to divorce.