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35% - 50%
rate of divorce in the US
60% - 70%
for second, third, or fourth marriages
What Causes Relationship Problems?
Relationship problems are complex, and their origins are often multifaceted. Identifying the contributing factors is crucial for addressing and resolving issues that couples may face. Here are some key elements that can play a role in causing relationship problems:
Family Background: The upbringing and family environment a person experienced can significantly influence their approach to relationships. Those who witnessed parental divorce or faced conflict and abuse during childhood may be more prone to relationship challenges.
Individual stress can spill over into a relationship. Work-related issues, financial difficulties, conflicts with extended family, and the demands of caring for aging parents can contribute to stress and dissatisfaction in a relationship.
Life Transitions and Stress
Relationship Strain during Transitions: Life transitions, such as moving in together, having a baby, children leaving home, or transitioning into retirement, can strain a relationship. These changes may lead to couples feeling less connected and facing new challenges.
Thought Patterns: How individuals think about themselves, their partner, and their relationship significantly influences relationship outcomes. Negative thought patterns, blame, and distorted perceptions of each other can contribute to conflict and dissatisfaction.
Interaction Patterns: Certain behavioral patterns serve as indicators of relationship health. Disrespect, defensiveness, criticism, and communication barriers like 'stonewalling' can signify a relationship in crisis. Maintaining a balance of positive interactions is crucial for a healthy relationship.
Evaluate What's Best for You: Assess the overall impact of the relationship on your well-being. While every relationship has ups and downs, persistent negative feelings may indicate deeper issues. If you consistently experience sadness, hurt, or anger, consider whether the positives of the relationship outweigh the negatives. Ending a relationship, when necessary, can lead to unexpected positive outcomes.
Couples Therapy: Recognize signs of unhealthy patterns early on and consider couples therapy. Seeking professional help can prevent minor issues from escalating into significant problems. Couples therapy offers a supportive space to address challenges, enhance communication, and deepen your connection. Studies show that many couples find therapy to be highly effective in navigating relationship difficulties..
Coping Strategies for Couples Facing Challenges
Relationships, while rewarding, often come with their own set of challenges. Coping with these issues requires resilience, communication, and a commitment to positive change. Here are some effective coping strategies for couples navigating relationship struggles:
Prioritize Self-Care: Relationship challenges can take a toll on your well-being. Focus on self-care by incorporating activities that bring joy and relaxation into your daily life. Taking care of yourself enhances your ability to cope with stress and manage conflicts within the relationship.
Open Up to Trusted Individuals: Loneliness can exacerbate relationship issues. Share your feelings with someone you trust, whether it's a friend or family member. Articulating your emotions can provide valuable insights and emotional support. If parental approval is a concern, strive to help them understand your decisions and express your needs.
Foster Effective Communication: Initiate honest and open conversations with your partner about the challenges you're facing. Practicing effective communication involves active listening and expressing your thoughts respectfully. Starting with relevant questions and actively listening to your partner's perspective can pave the way for constructive dialogue.
Embrace Differences: Respect and embrace the differences that exist in your relationship. Variances in culture, religion, or opinion can be sources of friction, but understanding and accepting these differences can strengthen your connection. Instead of blaming the unfamiliar, make an effort to learn and appreciate it.
Consider Taking a Break: Sometimes, taking a break from the relationship can provide valuable space for reflection. This break can allow both partners to consider their individual needs, desires, and what it takes to make the relationship work. It's an opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery.
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Relationship Problems FAQs
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?Transcranial magnetic stimulation, often referred to as TMS is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when antidepressant medications haven’t been effective, have ceased working, or as an alternative to medication.
How does TMS work?TMS involves delivering magnetic pulses to specific parts of the brain.
How long is TMS treatment?A typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.
Is TMS Therapy covered by my insurance?A vast majority of commercial and Medicare plans have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS Therapy and now cover TMS as part of their plans.
Is TMS Therapy a good alternative for patients who cannot tolerate the side effects of antidepressant medications?TMS does not circulate in the blood throughout the body, so it does not have side effects like weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, dry mouth, sedation, etc. The most common side effects reported during clinical trials were headache and scalp discomfort —generally mild to moderate—occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment
Is TMS Therapy like other alternative therapies that use magnets to treat some illnesses?No. TMS Therapy involves a unique method of using pulsed magnetic fields for a therapeutic benefit. The intensity of the magnetic field is similar to that of an MRI. These techniques differ radically from the popular use of low intensity, static magnetic fields. Those products deliver weak and undirected static fields that are not capable of activating brain cells. The activation and stimulation of brain cells is a key part of why TMS is so effective.
Does it hurt?While there may be some minor discomfort at the treatment site (where the device touches your head), it generally subsides within the first week of treatment. There is no sedation, or impact on your alertness. You can read, watch TV, or talk with your treatment coordinator during your session, and you can drive home immediately after treatment.
Comprehensive Psychiatric Services (CPS) takes the lead in providing compassionate assistance for couples facing relationship challenges. Our skilled professionals specialize in addressing the complexities of couples' issues, delivering expert and personalized care. At CPS, we are dedicated to evidence-based treatments, thorough assessments, and a patient-centered approach, making us the top choice for those seeking effective support in managing relationship difficulties.
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