When Your Lover Morphs into a Mental Patient

I too will never forget the shock of an altogether normal wife’s (or was she?) dramatically changing into a mental patient, speaking and acting in ways that one week earlier would have been utterly unimaginable to me. The first 2015 issue of Pacific Standard contains an agonizing account of the ongoing struggle of a young husband’s confusion, reflections, and loving efforts to embrace the new wife he grows to know as she wrestles with both a sometimes debilitating mental illness and her understandable desire to escape the paternalistic interventions of her doctors and husband.

How can any of us escape the recognition while reading this article that pain and challenge wait right around the next corner for some of us?

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