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Fathers suffer emotional strain during divorce, too

American culture still hangs on to an image of manhood that is far from accurate. The belief that men are somehow impervious to emotional turmoil has seeped into every aspect of our social system. As a result, many men are ill-equipped to handle emotional challenges when they arise, which can lead to a dangerous risk to their overall health and well-being. Recent research suggests that divorce offers a particular challenge to many men in Nevada and across the nation.

When a family goes through a divorce, everyone is affected. While husbands, wives and children may have different perspectives on the matter, there is no party who is excluded from the difficulties inherent in restructuring a family. For many men, the end of a marriage marks a drastic shift in the way that their roles are perceived, which can be hard to accept. Men often define themselves by their roles as husbands and fathers. Once a marriage ends, those roles are changed.

Because of the deeply held belief that “real men” should not express their emotions, many men find it hard to seek help during this time of transition. Women often have a network of friends and family to turn to when times get tough. Men, on the other hand, can easily feel isolated and disconnected, especially if their spouse was their only emotional confidant.

It is important for men to take the time to address their emotional needs during their Nevada divorce. Many find it helpful to work with a counselor on a short-term basis. A trained therapist can serve as an objective listener, and can also offer targeted tips on how to keep stress at a minimum and focus on the process of building a new life. Attending to one’s emotional needs is no less important than focusing on legal or financial needs during this time of transition.

Source: YourTango, Why Divorce Is More Stressful For Men More Than Women, Tiffany McHugh, Oct. 16, 2013

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