How Divorce Impacts Your Brain

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Divorce is a massive life change for all involved. You were used to living with your spouse and waking up next to them each morning, but now you’re signing divorce papers and dividing assets. It is expected to feel upset with these changes. However, divorce can also present deeper set of mental impacts. Slowiaczek Albers & Whelan cares for you, and wants you to know how divorce might impact your brain.


Stress is our bodily response to physical, mental, and emotional pressure. When you go through a divorce, your body will respond to these triggers. When an individual is stressed, they can experience increased heart rate, blood pressure, as well as feelings of irritation or sadness. While you are stressed, it is also easier to develop anxiety and depression.


Depression is associated with the lowering of an individual’s mood. While you may think that sadness is the only feeling that comes with depression, other common symptoms include a loss of appetite or fatigue. When you are depressed, it is easy to ignore responsibilities and avoid your family and friends. However, these actions will only worsen the depression cycle.

Less Life Satisfaction

After divorce, individuals may feel as though there is less in life to look forward to. They may have had grand plans for the future, all stripped away with the signing of divorce papers. When people don’t enjoy their day-to-day life and have stress and anxiety, they will feel less satisfied. However, a study found that life satisfaction is inherently connected to the quality of the marriage. For example, individuals in happy marriages were more likely to be less satisfied after divorce. In contrast, individuals in difficult marriages found more life satisfaction after divorce.

Don’t Navigate Divorce Alone

Slowiaczek Albers & Whelan understands the mental stressors presented by divorce. We don’t want you to go through it alone. We have an experienced team of attorneys that can help you process your divorce today. By having us on your side, we can help mitigate any additional stress and anxiety.

Reach us today at (402) 928-2007 to schedule an appointment!