#HOMAGITipTopicTuesday #TipTopicTuesday #TipTuesday #Topic #MentalIllness #MentalHealth #Caregiver #Caregiving #Caregivers #HOMAGICaregivers #MentalHealthAndMarriage #MentalIllnessAndMarriage #HOMAGIHealingFamilies #Marriage #Divorce #BreakUp #Spouse #Love ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ When Mental Illness Strikes: Tips for Couples By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
~ 4 min read ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Mental illness is tough on couples. “The stress level often stretches into a crisis mode, in which managing the illness becomes, for all intents and purposes, the sole function of the relationship,” said John Duffy, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist who works with couples and author of the upcoming The Available Parent: Radical Optimism in Raising Teens and Tweens. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ “The mental illness has a way of wanting to direct the movement of the relationship, rather than the individual partners,” said Jeffrey Sumber, MA, LCPC, Chicago psychotherapist and relationship coach. But remember that couples have the ultimate control. “It is not true that a mental illness can destroy a relationship. People destroy a relationship,” Sumber said.
Here’s what you can do to maintain a healthy relationship rather than a relationship overwhelmed and steered by mental illness.
Know the illness and treatment options. Mental illness is confusing for everyone involved. You might think your spouse is being lazy, irritable, distant or distracted. But these supposed character flaws might really be symptoms of the mental illness. Also, make sure your partner is receiving effective treatment.
Find out how to help. “Learn from a mental health professional what role you might be able to play in the treatment plan,” Duffy said. Not knowing how you can help can be frustrating for both partners. Find out how you can best support your spouse during his or her treatment. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ See more at the link: