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How Staying in an Unhappy Marriage Impacted My Mental Health

I went through a trying period of self-reflection around 15 years ago when I realized my marriage was no longer working for me. After much deliberation with my inner voice, I decided it was time to go. Slowly, I began laying the groundwork for my post-divorce life, including talking to the New Orleans law firm where I worked before becoming a stay-at-home mom about the possibility of returning. It looked promising.

However, those talks never came to fruition because Hurricane Katrina forced us to relocate to my in-laws’ house in Georgia without more than a few hours’ notice. Along with our four young kids, my husband and I showed up at their doorstep to stay only a few nights and left about a year later, still married. Yes, I had made plans

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