Symptoms of PTSD are repeatedly re-experiencing the trauma as flashbacks, memories, nightmares, or frightening thoughts, especially when exposed to events, that trigger reminiscence of the trauma.
With PTSD the brain is reset to a higher level of hyper vigilance anxiety, mood disorders and sleep changes, focussing on the worst, negativity, and fear.
Partners experiencing sexual addiction induced trauma have repetitive stimulation that involves excessive incoming information, resetting the brain to high dosage of neurons firing with little or no stimulation. They are in a state of intense excessive input. An exhausting and debilitating condition. In light of our understanding of PTSD and its relationship to partners that experience symptoms that fit this diagnosis, you may want to consider how your brain is involved in everything you do. A SPECT scan, described in Dr. Amens work, can make a difference in your well being, because when "your brain works right, you work right."
Below you can read about the impact of marital conflict which includes the results of sexual integrity issues on the betrayed partner. Dr. Amens work is a renowned comprehensive study that gives us basic information on the brain function as it relates to cognition, emotions and behavior.
Marital ConflictAccording to a very revealing 2005 New York Times article, two years after ending counseling, 25% of couples are worse off than when they started, and after four years up to 38% get divorced. Those who do couples counseling rarely look at the brain while trying to help troubled, failing relationships. We think this is a major mistake, and our work confirms this.
How Amen Clinics Can HelpMarriage is hard even when both partners’ brains are healthy. At Amen Clinics, we understand the pain of marital strife and the fact couples don’t want to get divorced, and are committed to helping restore and heal relationships. It starts with taking a close look at you and your spouse’s brain.
Relationship problems arise in the brain and include:
- Chronic arguing or fighting
- One partner always says “no”
- Impulsivity, poor judgment, addictions
- Anxiety, depression, oppositional behavior
- Changes in behavior
- Failed couples counselling
- Abuse (verbal, physical, sexual)*
- Helping identify areas of low activity and blood flow in you and your spouse’s brains
- Helping determine if there could be co-occurring conditions that need treatment
- Helping determine if treatment is working correctly
- Increasing treatment compliance by showing pictures of results
- Helping couples gain a better understanding of their brains through visuals
The Mathisons’ Story†A few years ago, a couple came into Amen Clinics after failing marriage counseling. They had seen a counselor for two years—at a cost of $25,000—only to be told that they should get divorced. After conducting a full personal history on the man and the woman, Dr. Amen asked if either one of them drank or used drugs, and they both said no.
Next, the couple underwent SPECT scans, and when Dr. Amen saw the husband’s scan, which was filled with so many holes of inactivity it looked like Swiss cheese, he asked again if the husband did drugs, and he again denied it. Dr. Amen wasn’t satisfied. “What do you do for a living?” he asked.
“I finish furniture in a furniture factory,” the man answered.
There it was. While the man never used street drugs or abused prescription medicine, he was basically “doing drugs” every day on the job, where he breathed in harsh chemicals that altered his brain function. He had worked there for five years—and the time he started the job matched the time when his wife said he became “a jerk.”
Dr. Amen helped the man obtain a transfer to another part of the company, where he wasn’t exposed to fumes, and then put him on a healthy brain treatment. Soon, not only did his brain scans show improved overall activity, but more importantly, he became himself again, and he and his wife agreed that their marital difficulties had been resolved.
Does this kind of situation seem familiar to you? Do you sometimes wonder what happened to the person you married? At the Amen Clinics, we know how many factors can affect brain health and have unintended impact on marriages, and we take full personal histories before beginning SPECT imaging or recommending any treatment program. Call us today at 1-866-260-8227 or tell us more to schedule an appointment.
*If you are afraid that someone may be hurt, or if you are afraid of your partner, please call 911. While we believe that everyone can benefit from SPECT imaging and a healthier brain, please note that we cannot provide immediate help or protection from abuse.
†Names have been changed.