May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Did you know that one in six adults in the United States struggle with mental illness each year? Mental illness is not a topic of discussion that often comes up over a cup of coffee or at a social hour. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are going to break down what mental health is and the various mental illnesses that can develop as a result of an emotionally taxing experience such as a divorce or child custody battle.
Mental health disorders come in all shapes and sizes. Not all disorders are the same or as easy to diagnose as the symptoms and characteristics of a disorder can show differently from person to person. The most common form of disorders when dealing with stressful circumstances is anxiety. Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. Forms of anxiety include: generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, and panic disorder. These anxieties can be triggered in various ways such as changes in living arrangements, stress, loss of a loved one, etc.
If you or someone you know are going through a divorce or custody battle and the toll of the proceedings is causing symptoms such as nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying, the American Psychological Association has detailed several coping strategies to help deal with anxiety. The first step is to recognize that the feelings are occurring. Once you have identified the feeling of anxiety, it is important to pinpoint the cause and understand why you feel the way you do. Bottling up the emotions could cause the anxiety to worsen. Second, establishing healthy methods to cope with the stress is imperative. Speaking with a trusted friend or family member about what you are feeling could help to significantly reduce your feeling of anxiety. If that does not work, seek help from a trained professional such as a therapist, counselor, psychiatrist or Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
At Hatcher Law Group, we are dedicated to providing you with exceptional legal services. Our attorneys work diligently to simplify the complexities of each case, alleviating unnecessary stress and ensuring each client’s experience is as seamless as possible.
At Hatcher Law Group, we are dedicated to providing you with exceptional legal services. Our attorneys work diligently to simplify the complexities of each case, alleviating unnecessary stress and ensuring each client’s experience is as seamless as possible. Schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys today.
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