After a divorce, your children may start to exhibit some signs of chronic stress in reaction.
A sudden shift in their family structure and daily life could cause various problems. Learning to recognize the signs of divorce-related anxiety can help you support your children as they adjust to this situation.
According to Psychology Today, you may notice changes in your child’s attitude or mood after you break the news, such as increased fearfulness or temper tantrums. Not all signs of a deeper problem are immediately noticeable, even from a parent’s perspective.
Children can mask anxiety as other emotions that may seem odd to you or other adults. Dealing with mood swings can leave both of you exhausted, so intervening early to deal with these symptoms can help everyone involved.
Overeating or not eating enough may stem from latent anxiety over this big life change. If you notice your child losing or gaining weight rapidly or eating different portions than usual, it may be a sign of this problem.
Both of these extremes can reduce your children’s energy and may lead to nutrient deficiency.
Children may seem unmotivated to participate in activities they once loved, such as sports. They may have random bouts of anger or struggle to concentrate in school. This frustration may even make it difficult to maintain their friendships with other school-aged peers like before.
Learning how to adapt to life after a divorce may seem hard at first, but supporting your children’s mental health can greatly reduce the risk of long-term problems.