Marriage can be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. The fantasy of marriage is that, once you’ve found your soulmate (or at least a good stand-in), everything else is downhill.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

All good, healthy marriages require work and tending. Failure to pay attention to your marriage and the needs of your partner will typically result in marital discord.

All of this is magnified when one or more of the people in a marriage is dealing with serious mental health issues, such as depression or bipolar disorder. Mental illness amplifies existing problems, and creates new ones while both people in the marriage cope with trying to also cope with the illness together.

That’s why I’m pleased to bring you our newest blog, A Moody Marriage by Rita Brhel. Rita is a writer and editor, and works for Attachment Parenting International. She married her college sweetheart in 2002 who, at the time, had undiagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder and later developed Rapid-Cycling Bipolar Disorder.

Please give Rita a warm Psych Central welcome! I look forward to reading her insights and perspective on living with someone with mental illness, and learning to grow despite having to cope with the disorder in her partner.