The Other Person Behind a Chronic Illness

The spouse of a person struggling with depression or bipolar disorder almost always is burdened by more than his or her share of jobs, responsibilities, and all things involving family life because pursuing good health is so time and energy intensive on the part of the person with the illness. It is no wonder that 90 percent of marriages where one person is bipolar ends in divorce, and that persons with bipolar disorder have three times the rate of divorce as the general public, which is about 50 percent. It’s understandable that depression would have a much greater impact on marital life than cardiac disease.

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