Q&A Can past Depression or PTSD Affect the Ability to Show Empathy?

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My husband and I just finished week 3 of EMS Online. He has been in an emotional and physical affair for the past 18 months with lots of ambivalence, saying he wants to work things out with me, then lying and seeing her again. Right now I am losing faith in this process. We are separated and he has already relapsed and acted out since we started the program. He is ambivalent about our relationship. While completing the course work he seems to want to pick apart the program's philosophy and he questions the sincerity of the people in the videos. I struggle to find the desire to continue to put myself out there and work through this if he can't connect with the material or if he's avoiding or incapable of having an emotional reaction to it. Is this something you see often? He has dealt with depression and PTSD recently and I don't know if he has fully worked through those issues. Could that be affecting his ability to get it and feel empathy? I know it's early but I feel like I'm setting myself up for disappointment by continuing the course. I don't feel like he is with me on this journey and I question why he's even participating if he doesn't feel anything.



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