Coping With Anxiety During a Divorce in Arizona | Understand the Symptoms
If you are facing a divorce, you should know how to deal with stress during a divorce in Arizona. The first step is recognizing the symptoms of anxiety caused by a divorce. Mental health professionals rely on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (“DSM”) to diagnose when anxiety has reached a point of needed treatment.
The DSM provides that an anxiety disorder exists if a person has excessive fear, anxiety and related problems with a person’s behaviors. The DSM distinguishes fear from anxiety in that fear as a real or perceived imminent threat whereas anxiety is the true anticipation of a future threat. If the stress continues, it can lead a person to have a panic attack.
This problem typically occurs when a person excessively and persistently experiences anxiety that may be out of proportion to the actual event causing the person to have fear or anxiety to the point of experiencing anxiety.
A divorce is a terrifying time in a person’s life. The uncertainties of a new life, the impact on finances, fear about the effect of the divorce, and the fear of the divorce process all naturally create fear and anxiety to some extent. You can, however, take control of your fear and anxiety resulting from your divorce.
Coping With Anxiety During a Divorce in Arizona | Get Help
You should seek the assistance of a mental health professional if your fear and anxiety are impacting your everyday functions, including familial, work, and social functions. Your mental health provider may suggest you take one or more medications to help control your anxiety.
You should follow the advice of your mental health professional regarding your treatment. A court will not look poorly upon you because you are seeing a mental health professional and taking medications to help with your anxiety. Judges understand the stress people are placed under in a divorce and would applaud your dealing with the issue, as opposed to avoiding it.
If you drink alcohol to excess, you should stop with the assistance of your doctor. Alcohol will increase your anxiety and decrease the quality of your sleep which, again, increases your stress. You should also ensure you follow a healthy diet and stay well hydrated.
You should surround yourself with a good support network and stay physically active. Working out at the gym, taking long walks, and any other exercise will elevate your mood. Participating in social activities will also give you some downtime to not think about the divorce.
Finally, hire a divorce attorney who is experienced and is primarily interested in amicably resolving your case. Your anxiety level can go down significantly if you have an experienced attorney who customizes a strategy to resolve your case amicably and who explains in detail all of the steps he or she will take to bring your case to a successful conclusion. Knowing what to expect, when to expect it, and what the likely outcome of your case will ease your anxiety and fear of the divorce process.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article to ensure everyone has access to information about family law in Arizona. Chris is a divorce and family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and, quite frankly, actually caring about what his clients are going through in a divorce or family law case. In short, his practice is defined by the success of his clients. He also manages all of the other attorneys at his firm to make sure the outcomes in their clients’ cases are successful as well.
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