Understanding Relationship Difficulties

Difficulties within relationships are often ignored in the hope that they will resolve themselves. Most relationship problems are manageable, but when challenges are left unaddressed, tension mounts, poor habits develop, and the health and longevity of the relationship are in jeopardy. The causes of relationship breakdowns can include:

  • Different goals, expectations and values
  • Not spending time together
  • Trust issues
  • Financial security/difficulties
  • How to raise children
  • infertility
  • Addiction
  • Serious illness or disability
  • Unemployment
  • violence or abuse
  • Issues arising from a previous relationship

Signs

Noticing early warning signs of relationship breakdown can help a couple resolve conflicts. Early warning signs include:

  • Not doing things together as much as before
  • Recurring arguments about the same issues that are never resolved
  • Feeling dissatisfied and unhappy
  • Reduced intimacy
  • Increasingly engaging in activities as individuals rather then as a couple
  • A loss of warmth when communicating with each other
  • Arguments over children, finances and other areas

Treatment

Acknowledging that their are fundamental problems in a relationship and seeking help is vital to improving and sustaining a relationship. Whilst differences in opinions, approaches and mindsets can be problematic, when seen from a different light these attributes can be beneficial to a relationship. A marriage counsellor or a mental health professional can guide you and your loved ones through this journey and find a place of compromise and mutual happiness for all parties. To find out more, simply contact us.

Sources:

Relationships Australia – Relationship Difficulties 

 

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