Divorce and Mental HealthCreated by:
In the Philippines, divorce is unheard of. Legally, marriages are dissolved through the process of annulment. Because of our different backgrounds and traditions, Asians are generally more religious than Westerners and I'd like to believe that we put more value on marriage and family life. However, in the recent years, statistics show that one out of 5 marriages are annulled in my country. In 2012 alone, 10,528 cases were filed for the nullity and annulment of marriages. This translates to 28 cases of nullity every day. Marriage failure is one of the causes of major depressive disorders and these rising rates of annulment can pose adverse effects on the mental health of both parties and their children. Unfortunately, I could not find any studies on local rates of depression because of marital discord. Psychiatric support is not very well sought in our region because of social stigma - - which translates to a bigger problem.
In your region, what is the process of marital separation and how common is it? Is there social stigma when it comes to seeking psychiatric help?