Every marriage goes through its ups and downs, and the longer you've been married, the more ups and downs you will face. Spouses will face challenges when dealing with typical life changes such as the birth of a child, financial difficulties, or aging. But when the challenges seem to outweigh the benefits of a partnership, it may be one of the clues that your marriage is in trouble.
It can be difficult to make time to focus on mending your relationship when you are in the thick of raising a family. You may be tempted to put it off and hope that it gets better on its own. However, as Denver psychologist Susan Heitler told WebMd, not talking about your problems will only cause the marital tension and the distance between two spouses to grow. Similarly, relationship expert Michele Weiner-Davis told The Huffington Post that many couples wait around six years before seeking marital counseling, and many end up leave their marriages without seeking any type of help at all. Additionally, constant fighting with your spouse or giving each other the silent treatment will compromise your health on a daily basis, according to family therapist Sharon Rivkin of WebMd.
How can you tell if your relationship is in real trouble, or if you are going through a temporary martial challenge? The following are some clues that it may be time to seek help.