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Sudden Divorce Syndrome

A reader (thanks!) sent me a href=””this article /aon “sudden divorce syndrome:”br /br /blockquoteSudden Divorce Syndrome. You won’t find it in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, that bible of psychiatric illnesses, but you will find it in life. In a 2004 poll by the AARP, one in four men who were divorces in the previous year said they “never saw it coming.” (Only 14 percent of divorced women said they experienced the same unexpected broadside.) And few events in a man’s life can be as devastating to his physical, mental, and financial health. “I meet men all the time who are going through breakups, and it’s very common for them to say it caught them by surprise,” says Los Angeles-based sex therapist Lori Buckley, PsyD, host of “On the Minds of Men,” a weekly relationship podcast on iTunes….br /br /This may come as startling news to a public that has been led to believe that women are the ones who suffer financially postdivorce, not men. But the data show otherwise, according to an exhaustive study of the subject by Sanford L. Braver, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University and author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/087477862X?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=087477862X”emDivorced Dads: Shattering the Myths./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=087477862X” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / “The man is in a lot poorer condition than the popular media portray,” he says. “This idea of the swinging, happy-go-lucky, no-worries single guy in a bar… that’s just not it at all.” The misconception was fueled by Harvard professor Lenore Weitzman’s widely cited book, The Divorce Revolution: The Unexpected Social and Economic Consequences for Women and Children in America./blockquotebr /br /The article also states that recently divorced men are nearly nine times more likely to commit suicide than their female counterparts. I wonder if Sudden Divorce Syndrome is why we are seeing a href=”http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gZpZArVcGzpuXcRnuEj-2AIonDgQD8TGVRQ80″a spike in middle-aged suicides./a