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Divorce has long been associated with a variety of psychological and behavioral disorders, although most people associate these conditions with women who suffer from divorce. However, studies show that unmarried men don’t live as long as married men, and that they tend to have more health problems.
According to a recent article in Journal of Men’s Health, divorced men have higher rates of mortality, substance abuse, depression and lack of social support. Authors and researchers for the article showed an urgent need to recognize and treat men’s divorce-related health problems in a provocative case study called “The Influence of Divorce on Men’s Health.”
In the article, written by Daniel Felix, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, W. David Robinson, Ph.D., Utah State University, Logan, and Kimberly J. Jarzynka, M.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center, the authors created a diagnosis and a course of treatment based on current guidelines for a typical divorced 45-year-old man.
"Popular perception, and many cultures as well as the media present men as tough, resilient, and less vulnerable to psychological trauma than women," explained Ridwan Shabsigh, M.D., President of the International Society of Men’s Health (ISMH); Chairman, Department of Surgery, St. Barnabas Hospital; and Professor of Clinical Urology, Cornell University. "However, this article serves as a warning signal not to follow such unfounded perceptions."
"The fact is that men get affected substantially by psychological trauma and negative life events such as divorce, bankruptcy, war, and bereavement," Shabsigh continued. "Research is urgently needed to investigate the prevalence an impact of such effects and to develop diagnosis and treatment guidelines for practitioners."
Sources: MedicalNewsToday, Journal of Men’s Health
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