1. Men Bottle Up Their Emotions
After a divorce women usually take time to mourn the end of their marriage and come to terms with what it means prior to starting their new life. In many instances, men skip this period of post-marriage mourning and prefer to bottle up the emotions they are feeling and quickly try to move on. In the long run, this often leads to anxiety and depression for men as they don’t take time to process the deeply emotional changes they are facing or prepare themselves for life without their ex-spouse.
2. Men Suffer An Identity Crisis
While married, being a husband or wife is a large part of spouses’ identities. Marriage status is one of the most important determinants of self-identification and how others perceive you. When men divorce, they no longer consider themselves half of a partnership. On the other hand, women tend to diversify their activities and join groups following a divorce thus building a new identity through different partnerships. Women may create new social connections postdivorce by joining groups. Men do not participate in new activities as frequently as women after a marriage ends and in turn struggle with knowing who they are.
3. Men Face Health Issues
A divorce can cause serious health problems for men. Weight fluctuations, depression, anxiety, and insomnia are the most frequent health issues men face after going through a divorce. Struggling with finding ways to cope with identity issues and the added stresses that life after divorce brings, leave men vulnerable to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Men are also more likely to self-medicate during this difficult transition turning to alcohol and drugs as a substitute for seeking therapy. Men become accustomed to seeking advice from their wives when they are depressed, but women usually seek support from other sources, such as relatives and friends. When they no longer have their spouse to provide guidance and look out for their health, men tend to make poor decisions that are detrimental to their health.