Couples & Anxiety



If you are having difficulties in your marriage, assess whether if one of you has anxiety.

Research indicates a link between anxiety and martial distress, with anxious individuals reporting greater martial conflict and lower levels of marital satisfaction (Whisman, 2007; Whisman, Sheldon, & Goering, 2000; McLeod, 1994).

People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are more likely to divorce (Hunt, Issakidis & Andrews, 2002) and report low relationship quality with their partners compared to those with other psychiatric diagnoses (Wittchen, Zhao, Kessler, & Eaton 1994), suggesting that the treatment of anxiety stands as an important topic when approaching successful techniques in couples therapy.