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Study finds antidepressant use increases prior to divorce


It takes a lot to maintain a married relationship. There are many options available to couples going through marital crisis here in Philadelphia. If those options fail to work, divorce is a possible final solution. Many individuals may see divorce as a precarious time with many struggles and consequences. As a result, many of those who are unhappy in their marriage opt to take over-the-counter or prescription drugs to ease the pain of being in an unhappy relationship.

As it turns out, some drugs, such as those for depression and anxiety, are linked more closely than others to brewing divorces. Studies are finding that the possibility of divorce can lower the well-being of those involved.

One study found that the use of antidepressants is linked to the occurrence of divorces. The new study from Finland studied data from 304,111 respondents between the ages of 25 and 64. Of those studied, 23,956 divorced between 1995 and 2003.

Researchers discovered that there was an increase in the use of various drug types, especially sedatives, anxiety pills, antidepressants and sleeping drugs, for many of those test subjects who ended up splitting. They also determined that people who are divorcing or about to begin divorce proceedings are twice as likely to be taking these kinds of drugs than those who aren't facing divorce.

The drug use most commonly begins four years prior to divorce and hits its highest point a few months before the divorce. The study also indicated that the drug use decreased after the divorce. At least one earlier study has found that people going through a divorce have lower sense of well-being and that men are found to drink more after a divorce.

Married couples will always face difficulties and challenges. When the marriage can't be resolved, then divorce may be considered a solution to end the marriage. While a divorce can be a challenging and tense time, it can also be viewed as a fresh start to new and better things. A knowledgeable family and divorce professional may be able to help Philadelphia residents struggling with divorce issues.

Source: HuffingtonPost.com," Antidepressant Use Spikes Before Divorce, According To New Study," Aug 15, 2013

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