Discover mag Neuroskeptic reports:
People are almost twice as likely to be taking antidepressants or other psychotropic medication just before getting a divorce.As usual, it is tricky to deduce the causation from the correlation.
This striking graph, from a new paper out of Finland, shows the data.
The vertical bar represents the divorce date. The solid curve is the divorcees, and the other two are comparison individuals who were either married throughout the period, or not married at all.
In both the male and the female divorcees, rates of psychotropic use began to climb about four years before the divorce date, peaking a few months before the event.
Maybe bad marriages are driving the couples to depression and then divorce.
Maybe the drugs are raising the self-esteem and outlook of depressed spouses, so that they have the courage to file for divorce.
Maybe the drug side effects kill libido, so they divorce when their sex life is no good anymore.
Maybe they stop the pills after the divorce because their are no longer on the spouse's health insurance.
Maybe people seek lifestyle changes that include getting rid of the spouse and the pills.
Maybe squabbling couples foolishly seek marriage counseling, where their complaints get passed off to someone to give them feel-good pills.
Did I miss any possibilities? Maybe you can think of some more.