I'm wondering if there is a PTRD (my term for Post Traumatic Reaction to Divorce) Many of the symptoms of PTDS seem to be similar - irritability, sense of a limited future, outbursts of anger. I would categorize people with "PTRD as those having symptoms10 years or more after the divorce. Maybe this has been identified already. If so, I wonder if there are support groups specifically for those who appear to have "gotten over" the inital divorce, perhaps even re-married, but have lingering negative effects that interfere with their present day productivity and ability to "self-actualize".
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Lisa, thank you for your well thought-out and thorough comment! The resources you provided will be helpful to many. My question was meant to be generic and address a curiosity about issues of loss that courts can't address. Will chk your hubs, etc.!
Jnshares, Thank you so much for your response. I totally agree that there is a different dynamic that occurs for the "leavers" and "the left". The left (including children) are those who seem to experience this. Maybe help could start right here!
Dear Dashing, Thank you! So glad you can look back and feel that everything was for the best- a great attitude. The importance of being "emotionally plugged into" a marriage is truly important as well as all of your points about marriage per se.