Divorced men are more prone to substance abuse and depression than their married counterparts and die at a much higher rate, according to a new study.
The review reveals that divorced men have a mortality rate up to 250 times that of married ones – falling victim more frequently to such conditions as high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. They are more likely than their married friends and neighbours to catch a range of diseases, ranging from the common cold to cancer.
Divorced men are also more likely to drink too much, abuse drugs, and suffer from depression. They and ten times more likely than married men to receive psychiatric treatment and 39 per cent more likely to commit suicide.
Dr Ridwan Shabsigh is president of the International Society of Men’s Health. He said:
“Popular perception, and many cultures as well as the media present men as tough, resilient, and less vulnerable to psychological trauma than women. However, this article serves as a warning signal not to follow such unfounded perceptions. The fact is that men get affected substantially by psychological trauma and negative life events such as divorce, bankruptcy, war, and bereavement.”