12/05/2014 02:20 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How Far One Woman Will Go To Get Her Husband's Attention (VIDEO)

Teresa says her husband of 12 years, Joe, cheated on her and was abusive with her until 2011, when he was arrested for domestic violence and got help with his anger. Although he hasn’t laid a hand on her in three years, Teresa says she feels ignored by Joe and is filled with rage, which she directs at him by hitting, throwing things and screaming — often in front of their three children.

Recently, as they were going through a stressful period, Teresa says she felt defeated and acted impulsively as they were driving down the highway with their daughter in the car. “I opened the car door to see what he would do. I wanted attention,” she admits in the video above.

“She kept saying we would be better off without her. She wanted to leave the world,” Joe recalls. “I was blown away.”

Teresa says after the incident, Joe cried, told her he was scared and hugged her tighter than he’s ever hugged her. “It worked,” she says. “He stepped up, and that’s what it took, and that’s what it always takes.”

“You found something that works,” Dr. Phil says to Teresa.

But clearly, it hasn’t, as she tells Dr. Phil, “I’m at my wits ‘end. I don’t know what to do with him anymore. I don’t feel like he even wants me.”

On his show Friday, Dr. Phil tells the couple what they must do if they want to save their marriage. Click here to see where you can watch.

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