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Divorce and Mental Health

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22 Sep 2016 - General
 

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?

I am separated, not legally and still going through an annulment with an "husband" that's not making my life any easier---but when did he, really? When I first got separated, it was not easy for me to even speak of it. I told close frie...
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Marinelle Castro I really wish that social stigma can be dampened. It getting removed is a long shot because even in western countries seeing a psychiatrist still points to there is somethi...
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Thank you for sharing your insights on the topic. Alan Rosmadi I hope you won’t misunderstand my statement. As An Chau said, I...
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this topic actually brings me to the question, how difficult it is to get married in your country? Here in the Philippines we need to go through mandatory seminars and marriage counselling and a bunch of paperwork (even more so if the other partner i...
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I think the increase of separation and divorce is mainly due to getting married because of "love". The reason to get married before was for financial security which is why those marriages lasted longer or hardly ended in divorce or separati...
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I think Marinelle Castro might be referring more to cultural differences due to her comment on values :). Asians generally do have stronger values in marriage where they believe marriage is...
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Singapore is a multi racial country and we see annulment almost everyday. But i do not think it is right to say that Asians are generally more religious than Westerners. Yes we might be a lot more conservative but comparing if you are more religious ...
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Nowadays, I believe that the rate of divorce is increasing, comparing to before. Divorce is a mentally challenging situation for both parties. It is a very distressing event. I don’t think there is much social stigma associated with divorce. The unwa...
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Growing up in Australia meant I didn't feel the social stigma of divorce. Separation, defacto relationships and divorce are considered options here. At all my workplaces, I would say at least 2 men or women were either divorced or separated. I ha...
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It is quite difficult to judge. I have witnessed some divorces because of psychiatric problems and some other cases were more relieved after the divorce. It depends on many factors indeed. The psychiatric illness’ stigma is one of them. In some commu...
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