The Social Issue: Divorce and Depression
Around the world divorce is common and known amongst different societies, some with higher rates than others. According to Irvin (2012), in America there is one divorce every 13 seconds. That’s 6,646 divorces per day, and 46,532 divorce per week. This is a social issue within our society that has many negative effects on everyone facing this circumstance. The divorce rate in the U.S is a problem that shows an increase in its rates compared to the past decades. According to the U.S Census Bureau, around 50 percent of marriages end in a divorce. There are many reasons for divorce from “hard” reasons (e.g., abuse and adultery) to “soft” reasons (e.g., psychological and relational problems). The two most destructive reasons for a divorce is physical violence or alcohol and drug problems, but these reason are less frequently are seen as reasons for divorce. The most common reasons for divorce are the “soft” reasons. According to William, a recent national survey found that 73% said the “lack of commitment” was their major reason for divorce. Other reasons were “ too much arguing, infidelity, marrying too young, unrealistic expectations, lack of equality in the relationship, lack of preparation for marriage, and abuse” (William, p10). Divorce has known to be a second most stressful life event, came before only by the death of a spouse and what is that stress capable? It is dispatching a serious about of anxiety and depression to people’s limbic system as emotional center in the brain. According to Taylor and Beth (2009), the stress of divorce had driven people beyond the normal grief felt in a divorce and into a clinical depression. “Nearly 15 million American adults, or about 6.7 % of the U.S population age 18 and older, is affected with a major depression in a given year.” (WebMD)
Depression in one or both partner often lead to martial difficulties and ultimately divorce. Marital conflict occurred with individuals or both partners’ disease depression (Taylor & Beth, 2009), and stressed of divorce can lead depression, and depression will bring negatively impact on people’s life. Also, one individual’s depression level affects the other because it might be caused partners to see themselves and their spouse negatively. They often feel angry, hopelessness, guilty, stressed, sadness and anxious. There all can make to feeling resentful and overwhelmed, feeling frustrated, and increased conflict. Contrarily, the pains of experience a divorce is a not easy for people. Getting into a divorce with depression certainly stresses any copying skills that might or might not be viable. There would be emphasized and aggravated the symptoms of existing depression by divorce. Taylor & Beth showed that “divorce men had 6 times the incidence of depression when compared to their married counterparts while divorce women were 3.5 times more likely in the 2 years following their divorce to be depressed than married...