Being Married To A Person With Mental Illness

Marriage life in itself is hard work. The fact that two individuals with different backgrounds, gender, interests, dislikes, point of views and opinions come together to build a life for themselves and possibly for their children. Imagine, the degree of difficulty living with a spouse with bipolar disorder. By definition, bipolar disorder also known as manic depression is a mental illness. It is categorized by periods of depression and periods of elevated mood. It causes shifts in an individual’s mood, energy, activity levels and ability to carry out day to day tasks. Mood range from episodes of elation and energized behavior to depressive and hopelessness periods.

The idea is that judging yourself for having negative emotions or trying to suppress them can backfire and actually intensify or prolong the negative mood. — Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.

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