Having divorced parents can undoubtedly change your views on love and commitment, but it can also largely shape your view on the world in areas other than relationships. There are a number of surprising ways having divorced parents can affect your mental health and anxiety levels, and unless you have been seeing a therapist for years, you might not even realize how your parents' separation has shaped a large part of your life.
"People divorce because their marriage isn't working, and for a child, this environment creates hyper-vigilance," says Marissa Geraci, LMHC over email. "This spills over in to adult life and relationships. It becomes how we make sense of the world, and oftentimes children of divorced parents can have a victim mentality, not believing good things can or should happen to them, or they believe their life is destined to suck."
Discovering how your mental health has been affected by your parents doesn't have to make you angry at them for how you feel or cope with the world, but it instead should give you the clarity to take the proper steps to alleviate any issues. Here are seven surprising ways having divorced parents can affect your mental health.