For many brides and grooms, the idea that a mental health challenge may appear is the last thing on their minds.
After the wedding, a worsening of a newlywed’s emotional and behavioral health can be explained away as “post-wedding blues:”
It is not unusual to feel down after the intense planning and preparations – and being the focus of attention. Suddenly, it’s all over. After the wedding and Sheva Brachot (the week of celebratory meals following a Jewish wedding), the pictures and the messages and the updates just stop. Friends and family move on.
However, there is a very real chance that what you, your friend, or your family member is experiencing is a mental health challenge for which psychotherapy can be a big help.
Therapy for post-wedding mental health challenges
The surfacing of a mental health challenge after a wedding is more common than many expect. Consider that of the last 10 weddings that you attended, statistically 4 of the newlyweds will likely experience a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder. The beginning of a marriage is exciting and joyful, but it also brings stresses and uncertainty. Increased stress can exacerbate an underlying disorder. It is important to get help as soon as it is understood there is a problem. Depression, anxiety, and other issues are treatable and there is no need to try to deal with it alone.
Whether the disorder was diagnosed before the wedding, or details were unfortunately covered up in order to facilitate the match, the time to get help is now.
Click here to read the rest of the article by Marcia Kesner on The Forward’s website.
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