At the beginning of a romantic relationship, things can seem perfect. We often call this the honeymoon period. But as time goes on, challenges will surely show up. Every relationship will experience some form of stress and anxiety as time marches on. All relationships require a lot of time and effort to be successful. But what happens when one or both partners have an anxiety disorder or some form of mental illness?
Caring for someone with a mental health issue can sometimes be the kiss of death for a relationship, but it doesn’t have to be.
In this episode, I talk with my wife of nearly 16 years, Jackie Hardman about the challenges we faced in our relationship caused by my mental illness. How it changed over the years, what helped us move past it, and how we deal with it to this day. She offers the unique perspective of someone who has had to care for, and been hurt by someone with mental health problems – me.
If you’re in a relationship, whether you are the one with mental illness or not, this episode can help you answer the question should we keep going? And even if you’re not questioning the future, the advice given may inspire you to improve things.