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marriage problems

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marriage problems
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Relationship
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 1 year ago.

Dr. Mark :

Hi! I'll be glad to help you with this issue.

Dr. Mark :

Can you share with me what's going on in the marriage?

Dr. Mark :

The system says you're offline; I'll wait to see if you come back online. If not, we'll revert to the question/answer format and continue that way, okay?

Dr. Mark :

Hi, I see you're in the chat now. That's great.

Customer:

my husband is not very open about things and also has a health problem

Dr. Mark :

Is the health problem affecting the marriage

Dr. Mark :

in a negative way?

Customer:

yes he has erectile dysfunction and has been to the doctor about this quite a while ago they really cant do much

Dr. Mark :

I see.

Customer:

he can lose weight which would help but he wont do anything about it

Dr. Mark :

Is the sexual issue the main stress between the two of you, or are there other issues we will be discussing?

Customer:

the other issue is work he has a stressful job

Dr. Mark :

Yes, this can be very difficult on a marriage.

Customer:

he has lied to me a couple of days ago when i found the information on the computer and says he doesnt care and

Customer:

doesnt want to talk about it

Dr. Mark :

What information is that?

Customer:

when i found he was talking to women through skyping and chat rooms

Customer:

this has been going on and off for 3 years

Dr. Mark :

I see. So, there are three problems so far: ED, his stress, and he's talking to other women.

Customer:

yes thats right

Dr. Mark :

Are there other problems as well?

Customer:

communcation

Dr. Mark :

I was hoping you would get to that word!

Customer:

he wont open up

Dr. Mark :

This is so important because it's the underlying problem.

Dr. Mark :

And it's gotten really severe, it sounds like.

Customer:

3 years ago he got me to go on the chat room and i did it worked for a while but i got jealous when he was talking to other women and also watching perform with no clothes on

Customer:

I think he is addicted now

Dr. Mark :

These problems you are describing are no longer self help type of problems. Would he be willing to go to couples therapy with you and to see a sex therapist, perhaps?

Customer:

no he wont go have already asked him

Dr. Mark :

This must be very frustrating for you:

Dr. Mark :

he is the one who is hurting the marriage but he won't do anything

Dr. Mark :

to make things better, right?

Customer:

yes i feel like walking out we also have 2 girls 19 and 17

Dr. Mark :

Have you told him that you are this upset that you feel like leaving?

Dr. Mark :

And would it make him consider getting help?

Customer:

i have told in a way i am going to go if dont stop doing that stuff on the computer but then he gets angry and he says ok i wont do it again but later goes back on it

Dr. Mark :

Okay. So we are not confident about his commitment.

Customer:

I have given him that many chances

Customer:

I dont think he is going to tell me the truth the trust in our marriage is going

Dr. Mark :

I'm so sorry you're having to face this problem.

Customer:

I dont trust him on the computer anymore

Dr. Mark :

I know from my work with couples in therapy how hurtful this is and

Dr. Mark :

how it is a betrayal.

Dr. Mark :

He doesn't realize this

Dr. Mark :

and I also know that men who have ED

Dr. Mark :

are so traumatized by it

Dr. Mark :

that they can become like emotional clams:

Dr. Mark :

they can't any longer be close with a real human being very well.

Customer:

yes i know I really love and dont want to leave him but cant go on being unhappy

Dr. Mark :

And they are often susceptible to this type of impersonal sexual expression

Customer:

it starting to affect my health

Dr. Mark :

You're typing so I'll wait...

Dr. Mark :

I can imagine it is having an affect on your health!

Dr. Mark :

I'm working with one couple right now and the wife has multiple

Dr. Mark :

health issues all stemming from the stress

Dr. Mark :

of the marriage and her heartache.

Dr. Mark :

Do you think

Dr. Mark :

that he would be willing to read our discussion here?

Customer:

yes maybe

Dr. Mark :

Let me tell you what I'm thinking, okay?

Customer:

ok

Dr. Mark :

Often, if a man hears it "like it is" from another man who

Dr. Mark :

is experienced in working with couples, it can get him to come out of

Dr. Mark :

his shell a bit. Can I write to him for a second?

Customer:

he is at work

Customer:

i can pass it on later

Dr. Mark :

Okay. I'll write this to him now:

Dr. Mark :

Hi. You've already read most of what I would like to tell you and share with you.

Dr. Mark :

I want to first tell you that ED doesn't make you less of a man in your wife's eyes and heart.

Dr. Mark :

ED makes you less of a man in your own eyes and heart.

Dr. Mark :

It's the fact that you pull farther away from her that makes you less in her eyes and heart.

Dr. Mark :

It not only hurts so badly, it confuses wives.

Dr. Mark :

I work with couples in my office and via Skype continually.

Customer:

ok

Dr. Mark :

And it is so sad, because ED is the problem, men think.

Dr. Mark :

Can I keep writing to him?

Customer:

yes

Dr. Mark :

Good.

Dr. Mark :

So, I want you to know: ED makes most guys look for "visual" sex.

Dr. Mark :

There's a psychological hope that newness, something fresh, will solve the problem.

Dr. Mark :

And so the guys pull away from intimacy.

Dr. Mark :

But there are solutions to ED. If you want, you can ask me another

Customer:

yes

Dr. Mark :

question and I'll share some of the techniques available.

Dr. Mark :

More importantly, the first solution is to become more intimate with your wife,

Dr. Mark :

not less!

Dr. Mark :

Shore up your marriage, don't weaken it.

Dr. Mark :

Now, you've read how deeply hurt and confused your wife is.

Dr. Mark :

You've got to start communicating to make your future great..

Dr. Mark :

There's no shame in going to a couples counselor.


Here is an online therapist finder for Australia that I like because you can see a picture of the person and read about them a bit. So put in for the therapist either psychologist or a psychotherapist and psychodynamic for the technique.

http://www.findatherapist.com.au/




The Australian Psychological Society has a search. Scroll down and put in self-esteem in the search window.

http://www.psychology.org.au/FindaPsychologist/Default.aspx


 

Customer:

Thats great

Dr. Mark :

Okay. I hope he will be willing to read it...

Customer:

yes he will

Customer:

i am also worried talking to these women can make him meet them

Dr. Mark :

Yes, it would be rare, though.

Customer:

ok

Dr. Mark :

Most guys with ED are looking for something that is more solitary

Dr. Mark :

because they feel very bad about themselves.

Customer:

ok

Dr. Mark :

I can't rule it out,

Dr. Mark :

but you have to try with what has the best chance of working

Dr. Mark :

and I am trying to not get to the "ultimatum" stage...

Customer:

ok then

Dr. Mark :

good for you. So have him read this and give it a try as a way to open up some more open communication with him.


Okay, I wish you the very best!


 


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Thanks

Dr. Mark :

You are so welcome. If you could give a positive rating before you leave, I'd be grateful. All the best to you.

Dr. Mark :

The system says you're still in the chat. Do we need to continue?

Customer:

how do i save this page

Dr. Mark :

There are two ways:

Dr. Mark :

one is that you can either copy and paste the entire chat into a Word document,

Dr. Mark :

and you can also save the web page address:


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Dr. Mark :

Does that help?

Dr. Mark :

The system still is alerting me that you're in the chat. Do you need more help?

Customer:

no thanks

Dr. Mark :

Okay, I truly wish you the very best. You're a good person and you're trying y

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