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Coping With Anxiety During Divorce in AZ | Hildebrand Law, PC

Tue 11th Jul, 2017 Arizona Divorce Laws

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.

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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.

If you have questions about coping with anxiety in an Arizona divorce case, you should seriously consider contacting the attorneys at Hildebrand Law, PC. Our Arizona divorce and family law attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience successfully representing clients in divorce and family law cases.

Our family law firm has earned numerous awards such as US News and World Reports Best Arizona Family Law Firm, US News and World Report Best Divorce Attorneys, “Best of the Valley” by Arizona Foothills readers, and “Best Arizona Divorce Law Firms” by North Scottsdale Magazine.

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