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Men’s Mental Health Suffers After Divorce

Men's Mental Health Suffers After DivorceA new case study suggests that the toll of divorce may be particularly hard on men.

The study contradicts the notion that men are somehow bulletproof and much less susceptible to psychological trauma than women.

Researchers now report that divorced men have higher rates of mortality, substance abuse, depression, and lack of social support.

The new case study is found in the Journal of Men’s Health.

Authors Daniel Felix, W. David Robinson, and Kimberly Jarzynka contend there is an urgent need to recognize and treat men’s divorce-related health problems.

Divorce has been associated with a variety of psychological and behavioral disorders. Previous studies have shown that unmarried men live significantly fewer years than married men and tend to have more health problems.

For the specific case of the divorced 45-year-old man described in the case study and review, the authors recommend how to evaluate his complaints and plan a course of treatment based on current clinical guidelines.

“Popular perception, and many cultures as well as the media present men as tough, resilient, and less vulnerable to psychological trauma than women. However, this article serves as a warning signal not to follow such unfounded perceptions,” said Ridwan Shabsigh, M.D.

Said Shabsigh, “The fact is that men get affected substantially by psychological trauma and negative life events such as divorce, bankruptcy, war, and bereavement.

“Research is urgently needed to investigate the prevalence and impact of such effects and to develop diagnosis and treatment guidelines for practitioners.”

Source: Mary Ann Liebert

Men’s Mental Health Suffers After Divorce

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Men’s Mental Health Suffers After Divorce. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2019, from
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