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Recovery from a Divorce May Take Longer than Expected

By Nottage and Ward on August 6, 2013

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, experts in the field of psychiatry say most people need two years to recover from an emotional trauma like divorce. Those who were blindsided by the traumatic occurrence — the sudden and often unexpected departure of a spouse, for example — may take even longer to get back on their feet.

A divorce brings about a dramatic shift in life, and it is perfectly natural for divorcees to take their time gathering themselves. Prudence Gourguechon, former president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, says that divorcees should make peace with the length of the process. This way, they’ll be able to relax and fully engage in their recovery.

An identity crisis usually accompanies the recovery period. In order for a divorcee to rebuild his or her life, he or she must deconstruct it first. In other words, a divorcee must endure a period of relentless self-questioning. Feelings of depression or anxiety are not unusual during this time; on the contrary, they are perfectly normal.

Some may be tempted to hasten their recovery; however, experts advise divorcees to let their emotions develop naturally rather than forcefully. A drastic action for change may bring temporary relief, but it will only postpone the inevitable.

Of course, the divorce itself must be legally resolved before the recovery process can start. The Chicago divorce attorneys at Nottage and Ward can help you get through settlement negotiations and resolve all your divorce issues in a satisfactory manner so that you can start focusing on the future. Call us now at (312) 332-2915 if you have any questions regarding your divorce.

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