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October 11, 2022 32 mins
Better Relationships, Better Life with Judy Herman   Episode 040: Severe Mental Illness & the Partnered Marriage Part 2   This is Part 2 of my conversation with Mark Lukach. He is the author of the international bestselling memoir My Lovely Wife in The Psych Ward.   If you haven’t yet, make sure you go back to the previous episode. We talk about the care-giving season of Mark and Giulia’s young marriage.   This episode is “Severe Mental Illness and the Partnered Marriage.” We talk through how to maintain a sense of family when you know that crisis and trauma might be on a loop cycle.   Mark first wrote about Giulia in a New York Times "Modern Love" column. He has also shared their story at The Moth Main Stage, and at a TEDx conference.   My Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward is the product of 5 years of Mark’s writing. He shows how mental illness redefined his marriage to Giulia, and ultimately affirmed the power of love.   Here is what to expect on this week’s show: Learning to maintain a sense of family while in a loop cycle of severe mental illness. A pathway toward accepting and embracing the reality of the mental illness while realizing its after affects. How reciprocal perspectives are necessary for sustaining the relationship. Resilience and healing through the written word. Necessity of self-care and individual therapy for the non-ill spouse. Wellness factors required for partnered teamwork and preparation.   Connect with Mark: Website: For Judy’s resources and connection:   Relationship Stress Quiz - Complimentary Clarity Call - LinkedIn -   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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