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"He Said, She Said" Divorce Blog
with Dr. Stress and Therapist Nicole Myers

How do I get over depression and guilt after a divorce?
Posted on April 7th by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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It would be unusual to not experience some level of depression and guilt when going through a divorce considering all the financial, emotional, physical, and cognitive resources you and your soon to be ex have put into the relationship that is ending. Think of the ending of the relationship as inflicting an emotional wound, like a scab on your knee but an emotional scab, in order to improve your life for better. With time and effort, the emotional wound will, more likely than not, scab up and heal. With time and effort to allow the scab to heal, you will begin to feel better-have more emotional, mental and physical energy. The trick is to make choices to let the wound heal.

If depression, guilt, and/or other emotions are…

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How do I introduce my children to a new romantic partner after a divorce?
Posted on April 6th by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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Please remember that the children do not dictate when parent's divorce, or not, which may results in them feeling helpless during this process. Forcing any relationship on your children may unleash resentment and may provide your children with the ammunition to get even with you for perceived injustice they have endured. It would be understandable that your children may be scared that they are going to be forgotten or replaced by your new partner and possibly their family.

Introducing a new romantic partner to your children can be complicated. I suggest that you introduce the new romantic partner to the children in an environment where the children feel safe and have the choice of interacting with your new partner, or not.…

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What is the Best Way to Communicate with my Significant Other During a Divorce?
Posted on April 1st by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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Communicating with a soon-to-be ex can be incredibly complicated and the difficulty level is generally related to the amount of conflict between you and your ex. The primary difficulty I see when working with individuals who are going through a divorce is one partner may be passively or openly attacking their soon-to-be ex because they feel they have been wronged. This generally results in the other each person attacking their soon to be ex over and over again. The constant exchanges of insults and inappropriate behaviors only escalates each person's wounds and generally results in your ex participating within behaviors to injure, anger or upset you.

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How long should I wait before I begin to date after me and my partner split up?
Posted on March 30th by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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A healthy relationship with your next romantic partner generally occurs when you are comfortable with yourself, first. I am not aware of any specific time limit that is applicable to all humans after the ending of a romantic relationship to begin of another romantic relationship. Dating someone to avoid your feelings about your ex generally results in even more emotional and other problems throughout your life. When you are able to think about your ex and not be overwhelmed by your emotions or find yourself looking forward towards dating another person, as opposed to dreading it, may be another indication you are ready to move forward with your life. Of course, if you start to date someone and realize you are not ready to be in a…

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How do my partner and I tell our children about the divorce?
Posted on March 7th by By Nicole Myers, MS, LPC

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When you decide to divorce, it is a very emotional and difficult time for you. Unfortunately, it is just as emotional and difficult for your children: they did not make this decision and must deal with multiple upcoming changes in their lives from divorce. You love your children and want the best for them, especially in difficult times. Very likely your children know people and have friends whose parents are divorced; they have ideas about what divorce means. This will be a difficult discussion but an important one to begin setting a firm foundation for a positive future. Children can and do adjust to divorce, it is up to us as parents to pave the way for healthy adjustment.

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What Could I Have Done to Save my Marriage?
Posted on March 2nd by Dr. Brian Stress, Psy.D.

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Most likely, there is nothing you could have done to save your marriage if your partner wants a divorce beyond the obvious such as not physically, emotionally, financially, or sexually abusing your significant other. Unfortunately, there are as many reasons people divorce as there are stars in the sky (That was a sappy statement!). A healthy relationship consists of two individuals with hopefully the goal of developing and maintaining a relationship so both individuals receive more from the relationship than they put into the relationship. Unfortunately, at times, one partner may decide they no longer want to be in that relationship. We must respect their opinion even though it may hurt. This can be incredibly…

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