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Healing after a volatile divorce

Making the choice to divorce in Texas is rarely a hasty one. The decision usually takes a fair share of consideration and emotional investment. It is no wonder, then, that the process can become highly emotional or even outright vicious. Although not every divorce is hostile, when it happens, there are ways to cope with the emotional stress.

A psychiatrist has recommended several ways for individuals to heal after a difficult divorce. He explains that moving on after divorce is important not only for the individual, but also for those close to them, such as their children and parents.

One of the first things that a divorcee should do is accept what is. This means if the divorce was traumatizing or difficult, it's important to recognize and accept it in order to have a clear perspective of what one is dealing with. In the same light, it is important to allow yourself to grieve loss, whether it's loss of love, trust or security.

The psychiatrist also recommends reaching out to professional sources, such as psychotherapy. He explains that discussing the divorce can help a person gain control over the trauma. Finally, he also recommended reaching out to support groups specifically made for people who have gone or are going through divorce. The act of sharing, he says, can help keep things in perspective.

Taking these steps can help a person react better during divorce and not be triggered by volatile behavior. At the same time, a key piece in keeping divorce proceedings from wreaking havoc is having the support of a legal professional who keeps your best interests in mind and helps you navigate the sometimes-rough waters.

Source: Huffington Post, "The Traumatic Divorce: 6 Ways to Heal," Mark Banschick, MD, Feb. 8, 2013

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