Marital break-up and divorce can cause physical ailments - including eczema and muscle pain - apart from emotional problems, claims a new study. Around 60 percent of people suffer physical symptoms, which might include migraine, eczema or back trouble, usually the result of muscular tension apart from stress, low mood, depression and insomnia," said Charlotte Friedman, Therapist based in Britain as quoted by Daily Mail. While Men tend to suffer more long-term health issues after divorce, women are more seriously affected in the short-term, the study suggested. The study showed that psychological stress increases the damage caused by free radicals - unstable molecules which attack healthy cells and are believed to play a part in heart disease, cancer and other serious diseases. ‘Women are twice as likely to suffer from PTSD, suffering symptoms which include flashbacks, unsocial behaviour, heightened anxiety, insomnia and psychosomatic illness.’ Under duress, the body produces more of the fight-or-flight hormone cortisol, which destabilises the body's immune system and makes it less able to fight off illness. Numerous studies have identified a link between stress levels and cancer. Health experts attribute these effects to stress and grief. "High-conflict divorces are also seen as so stressful that they have been reclassified as one of the causes of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition usually associated with accident victims or soldiers in war zones," Friedman added. Women are twice as likely to suffer from PTSD, suffering symptoms which include flashbacks, unsocial behaviour, heightened anxiety, insomnia and psychosomatic illness. "Newly-divorced go through the same stages of emotional readjustment as those coming to terms with bereavement -- namely, denial, anger, depression and acceptance. Divorce can affect us emotionally, mentally and physically, beyond our expectations," said David Pastrana, author of the study and Legal Professor based in Arizona, US. "Recognising these feelings and acknowledging that you must go through a transitional healing process is a good place to start. Once you have understood them, you are on your way to overcoming them," said James Lynch, Psychologist based in New York.Source: IANS << Oxytocin Has The Potential to Make Men More Spiritual NASA to Study Microbes That People Have Left Behind At The ... >> Recommended Reading Eczema, More Than Just ‘Dry Skin’ The discomfort, pain and irritation of eczema can affect self-esteem, relationships, careers and even be linked with depression and anxiety. READ MORE Eczema Can Affect Overall Wellbeing Eczema can increase the risk of developing asthma, hay fever, food allergy, as well as other health conditions like obesity and cardiovascular disease. READ MORE Kids With Food-Triggered Eczema Are at Risk for Developing Food Allergy Kids diagnosed with food-triggered atopic dermatitis should be prepared to respond to a full-blown food allergy reaction if the child is exposed to that food. READ MORE Hard Water in the Home may be Linked to Risk of Eczema in Infants High levels of water hardness in the home may be linked to the development of eczema early in life, suggested a new study led by King's College London. READ MORE Amoebic Dysentery Amoebic dysentery or amoebiasis is an infection of the intestine that causes diarrhoea most frequently along with other causes. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE Dystonia Dystonia is a neurological condition in which the patient experiences involuntary muscle contractions. Understand the risk factors, causes & symptoms of dystonia & how it can be treated. READ MORE How to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce? Divorce or breakup can be stressful and cause anxiety, depression and panic. Simple ways can help you deal with depression triggered by loss of marriage. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Leg Injuries and Disorders Legs are easily prone to injuries while playing sports, running or falling. These injuries affect the entire leg or may be localized to the hip, knee, ankle or foot. READ MORE Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a rare condition that occurs when blood vessels or nerves become compressed in the space between the collarbone and the first rib. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Post-Nasal Drip Blood Pressure Calculator Color Blindness Calculator More News on: Amoebic DysenteryHow to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsLeg Injuries and DisordersThoracic Outlet SyndromeDystoniaHow to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce?