Why Do So Many Brides Suffer From Post-Wedding Blues?

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One third of Australian marriages end in divorce, and there are plenty of other miserable unions that are not included in these unhappy statistics.

One third of Australian marriages end in divorce, and there are plenty of other miserable unions that are not included in these unhappy statistics.

I’d always thought that marital discord built up over years, but new research shows that things start turning sour soon after the bride tosses her bouquet.

A paper published last week in the Journal of Family Issues found that just shy of fifty per cent of brides suffer from postnuptial blues. This can range from temporary sadness and discontent to full-blown depression.

While the study, conducted by Laura Stafford and Allison M. Scott, was small — it only included 28 newly married women — bridal blues is the dirty little secret discussed anonymously on bridal forums. And some psychologists and counsellors report that it is on the increase.

Stafford and Scott investigated the circumstances that surround bridal blues and found three distinct differences between the happy brides and ones who discovered wedded bliss is anything but.

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