Silent Marriage Killer: Undiagnosed Mental Illness

This blog about marriage with a spouse who has undiagnosed mental illness is part two in a three-part series on Functionality and Marriage. We discussed functional alcoholism in the first part. Check out the blog “Silent Marriage Killer: The Functional Alcoholic” if you missed it. In the blog about functional alcoholism, we used the pronoun “he” when referring to the drinker and “she” for the spouse. Since this blog references postpartum depression that primarily impacts women, we’ll refer to the afflicted person as “she” and the spouse as “he.” We also recognize that using gender-specific pronouns is not inclusive to the broad Continue Reading…

Link Between Mental Illness and Divorce

Quite often, divorce goes hand-in-hand with undiagnosed or untreated mental illness in one or both of the spouses. The most common mental illnesses to impact marriage breakdown are depression and addiction. Mental Illness and Divorce Wixom Divorce Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler sees the tie between mental illness and divorce frequently in her busy Southeastern Michigan divorce practice. According to her, “Addiction issues can take a real toll on a marriage.” Not only do substance abuse and gambling addictions damage the couple’s emotional connection but they are frequently personality-altering and financially devastating as well. “A multinational study of mental disorders, marriage and Continue Reading…