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Caring for a Spouse with Mental Illness

Mental Illness is different than cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, or other conditions that society accepts as organic and 'real'. Have you chosen to stay with your spouse or care for someone who suffers from a mental illness? This groups is here to support you.

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KIWH said...

3 days ago

Tomorrow is my 12th wedding anniversary. It is also a year to the day when I had to check my wife into the hospital. Though her stay was relatively short, we've been struggling and things still aren't where they should be. She's been good: taking the medication and going to all her appointments. And the people helping her are well intentioned and dedicated. But they are obviously stretched too thin. Appointments are far between. No one has time to really analyze her needs. Today I am feeling hopeless.

1967 said...

14 days ago

My wife is very private about her depression. She wants me to stay home with her on bad days, but I have a lot of responsibilities at work. If I told my boss he'd understand and let me go for the day, but my wife doesn't want anyone to know what's going on. What do I do?

leslielane0912 said...

about 1 month ago

I'm new to this but am glad to find a support group full of people that understand my frustrations. I'm 34 years old with a very mentally ill husband. I am his full time "caretaker" as well as mother to our 3 kids and sole provider for all 5 of us. I'm mentally, emotionally, physically spent and depression is starting to creep in on me. I love my husband very much but find myself thinking things that alarm me. One of my biggest frustrations is the loneliness and cravings to be complemented, hugged, kissed, made love to, hand held or even smiled at. I give, give, give ALL the time and constantly feel like I'm "playing Dr. Phil" (or so I call it lol)...just for one minute I wish I could feel like a woman, a charrished wife, loved and appreciated by her husband. I realize my husband is not mentally capable of providing me with this emotional support and that I did vow "through sickness & health, good times and bad"...but that doesn't make my soul feel better on a daily basis. I'll take any support anyone wants to give me. My prayers go out to all of you going through your own trials, hang in there, I hear the reward is great in the end lol.

obtgoG said...

about 1 month ago

Paul northeast said...

about 1 month ago

hello new to this and feelng crap

Dan2121 said...

about 1 month ago

Struggling with my wife and the dysthymia type depression. After a series of good psychologist Counselling sessions two years ago, one night in a psych unit and two weeks of meds, she refuses further treatment.

It is moderate depression that seems to be slowly getting worse. I fear it will destroy our marriage. I am seeking Counselling and have had two sessions which has helped me. I really love her and want to find a way to stick it out long term. Any advice would be welcome.

Dan2121 said...

about 1 month ago

Dan2121 said...

about 1 month ago

Tawny44 said...

about 1 month ago

My husband has struggled with anxiety and depression for years. The last several months things have gotten worse and he ended up in a psych hospital because we didn't know what else to do. He called me a little while ago and he sounds terrible; cried on the phone. He may be discharged tomorrow; I am apprehensive about it. The time he has been gone helped me realize how tapped out I am from supporting him. I know others have the same experience, or worse. Just wanted to reach out to people who "get" it.

obtgoG said...

about 1 month ago

Tawny44 said...

9 days ago

Wifeofschitzo1 said...

about 1 month ago

My husband has schitzo, and he developed it through drug use that he has done his whole life. He didn't develope it till after we were married with a son on the way. I just don't know what to do with him I catch him smoking pot and he is like pot is good for you it has a lot of really good qualities. I'm like do you hear yourself. Smoking pot is part of the reason you have shots and you say it is good for you. He continues to do it even though he knows he shouldn't and he knows it bothers me. There isn't anything else I can do. Just hope he snaps out of it before it affects him and he tries to drive and something happens and our son ask where's daddy. Drugs eat away at your brain eventually causing a chemical imbalance and the more you do them over time the more you're damaging your brain and it increases your chances of developing a mental illness by a vast amount. If he had never done drugs I know I would have a normal functional husband who actually wants to be a family man and have that relationship he should with his son. If you guys know anyone who does drugs, I beg you please stop them or else you might be going through what I am. You can't say you have actually seen someone go crazy until the beginning of schitzo!

Wifeofschitzo1 said...

about 1 month ago

KIWH said...

about 1 month ago

How is everyone doing during this election season? My spouse is having some election anxiety. I'm mostly dealing with it through Netflix and Amazon prime, no political ads. Though I am also fearing the shorter days, always seems to be the roughest time for depression. Just trying to start a conversation. Thanks

KIWH said...

about 1 month ago

obtgoG said...

about 1 month ago

Dani1161 said...

2 months ago

My husband has had head injuries he has petition and grand male seizures which he totally denies and thinks everyone even doctors are having a group mentality against him. He has been extremely negative but wanting a spiritus bond with me. He is making no sense. Talks about how mo one understands him and never has. I don't know what to do next. He doesn't think he has a problem

Railroad1026 said...

9 days ago

8 days ago

Katerfly2938 said...

2 months ago

My husband has bipolar. Two nights ago he took a bunch of Xanax for no apparent reason. He's been a zombie for two days. He blew out a tire this morning and tore up his car. I told him he needs to go to counseling or I'm moving out. We have been married for 6 months. His first wife left him. He has a 4yo son and we get him tomorrow for 5 days. Idk how I'm going to handle the stress of it all. He's good at taking his medicine but gets angry at me for illogical reasons. I love him but I've told him I hate him twice. It's hard. I need support. I'm starting to turn to alcohol.

Wifeofschitzo1 said...

about 1 month ago

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