DIVORCE AND PSYCHIATRY

The extraordinary facilities granted by our laws to dissolve a conjugal partnership and constitute a new one and to repeat this process one or more times, have resulted in a rapid increase in the number of divorces; and this amounts to saying that the number of families affected more or less directly by a specific case of divorce is increasing.

It is not surprising, then, that we often hear about divorce running from a conquest of our time, a progress of civilization, a step forward of humanity in its insatiable longing for happiness. The “modern” is to accept the divorce without being scared, discarding archaic fears to the evils that it entails, since these will disappear as soon we manage to adapt to this new conception of conjugal life. In the opinion of many of our contemporaries, only retrograde mentalities can be frightened by divorce and its consequences, in the age of artificial satellites and interplanetary travel.

However, Psychiatry, a science of our era and nothing retrograde, is deeply concerned about the problem of divorce and its impact on mental health.

This concern is very explicable, if we take into account that psychiatry enjoys a privileged observation post to know “inside” the harmful effects of divorce. Privileged, because you can know all its conscious repercussion, through the description of the patient, who speaks to the doctor with a sincerity that does not use with other people. Privileged, because it can also know its unconscious repercussion; which the interested party himself ignores, until he discovers it with the help of the doctor.

From this observation point, sadly “privileged”, Psychiatry contemplates a truly bleak panorama. If we could transfer it to the pages of this booklet, in such a way that the reader saw it in its entirety, with all its details and nuances, it would be easy to understand why Psychiatry is deeply concerned about the problem of divorce and its repercussion on psychic health. in any case remember that you will always need someone to advise you in legal matters a divorce attorney

IMPACT OF DIVORCE ON SPOUSES.

We can not stop to show that psychic conflicts can produce the most varied psychic and physical symptoms. We have to take it for granted. For those of us who cultivate this specialty, this is as true as a mathematical axiom or a chemical reaction. On the other hand, it can be said that this concept is already of the popular domain.

Nor can we stop to explain when, how and why psychic conflicts produce such symptoms. To give some idea of ​​it, we will say that the human being has what we could call a “lintel of psychic resistance”, which is given by hereditary, constitutional, environmental factors, etc. And that psychic conflicts, especially those that are partially or totally “repressed” in the area called “unconscious” of the psyche, create a psychic malaise or “tension”. As well; when certain conditions, variable for each individual, occur, this tension exceeds the “lintel of resistance” and overflows, so to speak, in the form of symptoms. Sometimes they will be psychic symptoms, like a phobia; others, having an effect on the neurovegetative nervous system, will produce physical symptoms such as a digestive or circulatory disorder; and others, the more, will produce both types of symptoms.

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Natalie Williams M.D. © 2018