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How Being Cheated On Affects Your Mental Health And Behaviour

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It has been detected now that being cheated on can affect ones health status, according to the new research from the University of Nevada.

Though many of us already know this for a fact that being cheated on affects ones mental health and can cause emotional and psychological breakdown. People who have been cheated on know this better, they know destruction it can leave behind, the damage to ones self-esteem, making one loose interest in future relationships and sometimes, leave you questioning what you did wrong.

Researchers from the University of Nevada surveyed more than 230 students who had been cheated on within the past three months, either by an ex or current partner. The participants had an average relationship length of 1.76 years.

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The team found that being cheated on was linked to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and said “people who experienced more emotional and psychological distress after being cheated on engaged in more risky behaviours”.

“Being cheated on seems to not only have mental health consequences but also increases risky behaviours,” lead author M. Rosie said.

The researchers also found out that people who blamed themselves for their partner cheating, such as feeling like it was their fault or they could have stopped it, were more likely to engage in risky behaviours. They found that these effects were stronger for women than men.

It is possible that infidelity is such a serious and distressing relationship event that these intense negative reactions occur regardless of whether a person stays in the relationship.

The researchers also found that the effects of being cheated on were more or less the same, regardless of whether the individual left or stayed in the relationship after being cheated on.

The researchers also noted that the majority of the study participants were young, with an average age of 20, so more research is needed to see if the findings are consistent with older people in relationships.

And one thing that’s clear from this study is that people need to stop blaming themselves when others cheat because cheating is down to the perpetrator and learning to recognize that could improve ones physical and mental health.


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