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Intimate Relationship Conflict

Treatment Plan


  • Adjustment disorder with depressed mood

  • Intermittent explosive disorder

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder


  • Accept the termination of the relationship.

  • Develop the necessary skills for effective, open communication, mutually satisfying sexual intimacy, and enjoyable time for companionship within the relationship.

  • Increase awareness of own role in the relationship conflicts.

  • Learn to identify escalating behaviors that lead to abuse.

  • Make a commitment to one intimate relationship at a time.

  • Rebuild positive self-image after acceptance of the rejection associated with the broken relationship.

Behavioral Definitions

  • Frequent or continual arguing with the partner.

  • Lack of communication with the partner.

  • A pattern of angry projection of responsibility for the conflicts onto the partner.

  • Marital separation.

  • Pending divorce.

  • Involvement in multiple intimate relationships at the same time.

  • Physical and/or verbal abuse in a relationship.

  • A pattern of superficial or no communication, infrequent or no sexual contact, excessive involvement in activities (work or recreation) that allows for avoidance of closeness to the partner.

  • A pattern of repeated broken, conflictual relationships due to personal deficiencies in problem-solving, maintaining a trust relationship, or choosing abusive or dysfunctional partners.


  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder

  • Adjustment Disorder With Depressed Mood

  • Adjustment Disorder With Anxiety

  • Dysthymic Disorder

  • Anxiety Disorder NOS

  • Depressive Disorder NOS

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

  • Schizoid Personality Disorder

  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder

  • Personality Disorder NOS

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