New Delhi: Sanjay and Maheep Kapoor have been married for over two decades now. The model-turned-jewelry designer in a revelation at “Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives”, in which she stars along with other famous wives of actors, said she walked out with her daughter, after getting to know of her husband’s infidelity.

Sanjay and Maheep share two children, Shanaya and Jahaan Kapoor.

Referring to the incident, Maheep said “I am hoping that women will understand that everything is not hunky dory. Everyone has their ups and their downs in life. And, we go through it, we chug along and that’s what it is. It’s not scratched under the surface; you will see that we all have our issues. It was important (to speak about it),” Maheep said.

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Infidelity is a deal breaker in any relationship

Whatever the circumstances of cheating, it spells trouble for any relationship. According to psychologists, extra-marital affairs are one of the most common reasons why marriages break down.

The emotional, physical and sexual aftermath can be extremely tough to deal with, for both the cheating spouse and the wronged party alike.

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Cheating affects mental and physical health

In many cases being the victim of infidelity can have very serious implications for a person’s mental and physical well-being. According to doctors, many people suffer from

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-blame
  • Unhealthy coping mechanisms like emotional eating
  • Substance abuse
  • Sleeplessness or insomnia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD

Also, many times infidelity can be associated with heart problems. According to doctors, a lot of men or women who cheat are likely to have heart attacks, while Broken Heart Syndrome or stress-induced cardiomyopathy is also a real situation to deal with.

How does sexual health suffer?

Apart from taking a toll on mental health, Infidelity and cheating in a relationship can also have consequences on the sex life of a person. According to a study that compared people in monogamous relationships as compared to those who had multiple sex partners, it was found that both groups were at a similar risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

Since most STDs do not show symptoms, they can have serious health complications if not treated well in time.

How to work through a broken trust?

In context with Sanjay and Maheep’s case, not all marriages that undergo the blot of infidelity are always doomed.

According to psychologists, in the immediate aftermath of an affair, it is best to work on the issues together as a couple and envisage the future together with the help of counseling and therapy.

Experts also recommend not to make hasty decisions immediately after discovering a partner has cheated. Take some time and space needed to explore feelings and desires and act accordingly.

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