Mental Illness & Love: The Biggest Threat To Marriage & The Best Path To Recovery
Which illnesses plague marriages most? Addiction (sex, drugs, and alcohol) tops the list, followed by mood disorders (depression, bi-polar disorder) and personality disorders (narcissism, borderline).
What finally gets someone into treatment? 54% agree a spouse’s ultimatum or family intervention is the most effective tool for kick-starting recovery.
YourTango Experts offer this advice for healing:
- Recovery takes time: 80% agree it takes up to 2 years to understand the full scope a mental health illness has on a marriage.
- The healthy spouse needs help too: 86% agree it’s “equally as important” to address the healthy partner’s feelings as it is to treat the illness.
- Be a team: 78% of experts agree that for a marriage to survive, the couple must work on healing together.
“The red flag here is that seemingly common issues like depression and addiction can have such a profoundly negative effect on marriages,” says Melanie Gorman, SR VP of YourTango Experts, “but if you follow the suggestions offered, 75% of experts believe that a mental illness can actually make a marriage stronger.”
Additional survey findings:
- As many as 30% of married couples struggle with mental illness.
- 62% agree that healthy spouses can “mirror” unhealthy symptoms.
YourTango is offering help with their upcoming content-driven campaign, Living & Loving With Mental Illness, from August 26 –September 6. Those seeking further guidance can browse YourTango’s extensive network of mental health professionals who offer a wide range of services.
An open Q&A session with mental health professionals is scheduled for August 29 from 3-4PM at Facebook.com/YourTango.