The following is an excerpt from a story about spouses and mental illness from HereToHelp:
Any couple relationship, whether dating or a committed partnership, has its proverbial ups and downs. But what about when there is the extra challenge of dating or being the spouse/partner of someone who has a mental illness?
As with physical health issues, a mental illness can present extra challenges that can destabilize a relationship. Things can be very challenging for the partner without a mental illness, who may assume more of a caregiving role. He or she can find themselves isolated and unsure about how to manage their relationship, especially when their loved one is struggling.