Disruption of Family by Separation or Divorce

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Children with ADHD and anxiety appear to experience more emotional dysregulation than their peers. While they experience the same emotions as individuals their age, they experience them much more frequently and intensely. They may be more likely to get stuck and caught up in their emotion due to difficulties with executive functioning skills and seeing the bigger picture.

Source: Understood.org

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Disruption of Family by Separation or Divorce

Separation or divorce can be hard on the entire family. If you or a family member are going through divorce you may be concerned for the mental well-being of your family. Adults experiencing divorce or separation may notice:

  • Increased emotional dysregulation
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Appetite disturbances
  • Trouble focusing
  • Difficulties at work

Children may also experience negative symptoms of separation of divorce. Some examples of turmoil in children may be:

  • Sudden academic decline
  • Loss of interest in hobbies
  • Sleep and eating disturbances
  • Emotional outbursts or tantrums
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Confusion
  • Demonstration of illness (headaches, stomachaches, etc.)

Families may experience problems with expressing affection or communicating and may exhibit more hostility or avoidance than typical within the family. As new family roles develop, children may become rebellious or withdrawn within the home. Individual therapy such as EMDR Therapy and play therapy, as well as group family therapy, can help improve the mindset of individuals as well as improve the dynamic within the family as changes occur.

When any major life event happens, it is wise to seek treatment right away. The longer an individual attempts to cope with an event on their own, the worse their symptoms will become if they are not equipped to cope in a healthy manner. Though they may only need a few sessions, children who do not receive help after a separation or divorce are at increased risk of:

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