Supporting an intimate partner or spouse through a personal experience with psychiatric symptoms is an act of sacrifice, a declaration of love and message of acceptance.
This type of support can be difficult because psychiatric symptoms are common Importunate Factors in relationships. It often goes severely unnoticed. Psychiatric illness is sometimes completely invisible to others outside the relationship. Or worse, they see all the worst moments and do not understand your relationship.
Having a psychiatric diagnosis can be freeing because it means you have a direction for your care. However, having the symptoms that comes with it can change the entire dynamic of a relationship. Couples or partners where both have diagnosis can also have symptom clashes. When one is anxious the other sad and vice versa. There are also couples/partners where one experiences symptoms and the other does not.
No matter the differences in your relationship, there is a way to make sense of all the emotions, words and actions. Create a safe place to express yourselves and be heard; both partners. Shape your relationship environment so it can thrive and the support is equal. Psychologically diverse relationships can and do work. You and your partner deserve a space to discuss your relationship in an honest, clear way.
Examples of Psychologically Diverse Couples can include:
Partner(s) with chronic condition like Generalized anxiety or depression
Partner(s) with psychosis
Partner(s) with personality disorders
Partner (s) with severe chronic symptoms (like manic episodes or suicidality)
Partner(s) with history of Suicidal Ideation or Attempts
Partner(s) on psychiatric hold / in psychiatric hospital
Come together with your partner/spouse to face the symptoms impacting your intimate relationship.
**Is your partner or spouse on a psychiatric hold and ready to come home? Do you have some things you would like to discuss prior? Contact us today for a Couples / Partner appointment to discuss this process together with the help of a professional. Set relationship boundaries and work on a plan for the return home.