Traumatic Stress and Divorce in Arizona
Traumatic Stress and Divorce in Arizona | The Symptoms
Going through a divorce when you are already suffering from traumatic stress or experiencing traumatic stress because of the divorce can feel debilitating. Thankfully, there are things within your control that you can do to combat traumatic stress and divorce in Arizona.
Counselors and psychologists rely upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (“DSM”) to diagnose traumatic stress. The disorder requires that the person experienced a traumatic or stressful event(s). The emotional and psychological distress experienced by someone with traumatic stress disorder can vary significantly.
Specifically, the emotional distress is experienced as feelings of anxiety and fear. Others may respond by not finding enjoyment in people, things, or activities when someone else would experience pleasure (“Anhedonic”). Others may simply have a feeling of unease and a loss of personal satisfaction (“Dysphoria). This can lead to outbursts of anger or a general lack of self-identity.
Traumatic Stress and Divorce in Arizona | The Solution
Divorce has been described by many as being similar to experiencing a death in the family. The way the divorce is handled, however, can either mitigate the stress of the divorce or make it worse. Stress combined with depression and a long and expensive divorce process can significantly exacerbate the emotional and psychological effect of a divorce.
Four people can have either a positive or negative effect on your emotional well being during a divorce in Arizona. Specifically, you and your spouse and how reasonable each of you is in the divorce. The other two being the lawyers each of you hire to represent you in the divorce. It takes only one of these people to turn an amicable divorce into a nightmare of a divorce in Arizona.
If your spouse or his or her attorney is exacerbating the divorce by being aggressive, abusive, or unreasonable, there are things you and your attorney can do to protect you. A protective order may be issued preventing your spouse from communicating with you. Your attorney can keep everything in writing to try to settle the case. If the case must proceed to trial, make sure you attorney is equipped to prepare quickly to get your trial to court as soon as possible to put an end to the stressful Arizona divorce.
If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or significant stress, you should seek the assistance of a mental health professional. You should also consider your mental health provider’s opinion on medication. Judges in Arizona do not care if you are taking medication to deal with anxiety or other issues. They understand a divorce is stressful and will not look negatively on your ability to provide proper care for your children because you are taking medication.
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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