Mental Illness and Your Marriage

DO YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE RELIEF FROM FRUSTRATION, RESENTMENT, FEAR, AND DESPAIR IN YOUR MARRIAGE?

In the US and Canada, at least 40 percent of all marriages fail. Divorce statistics for marriages where one person has bipolar disorder are worse—it is estimated that 90 percent end in divorce!

Although many marriages fail, some can defy the odds. And they can not only survive, but thrive!

This book is loaded with marriage repair and enrichment tips from a couple who’s been through the trenches of mental illness. We’ll show how we saved our marriage and give you practical techniques to save yours.

AVAILABLE IN PRINT AND EBOOK FORMATS

Reviews

This book is a practical and powerful guide to helping couples cope with mental illness when it invades a marriage. Jim and Leah speak personally and practically about the tasks necessary to keep the marriage functional and on the path to healing.

—Rev. Dr. Raymond Pendleton

Senior Professor of Counseling

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Jim Stout and Rev. Leah Stout write honestly about the impact of Jim’s bipolar illness on their marriage. The book goes beyond to sharing actionable ways to jumpstart a floundering marriage. Anyone in a marriage where one of the spouses has a mental illness ought to read this book.

—Karen Mason, Ph.D., L.P.C.

Professor of Counseling and Psychology

Director of the Hamilton Counseling Program

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Rev. Stout offers a realistic and yet hopeful work-in-progress that is called marriage. His background in dealing with mental health issues in his own marriage make this book a contribution for so many who could lose hope quickly in a marriage without a door to true recovery. A necessary resource for couples and those who work in the field of relationships.

—Rev. Cliff Ishigaki

Trauma recovery specialist

Jim Stout’s books directly provide concrete lessons that teach and inspire both those who are mentally well and mentally ill. Even when we are down, we retain our unique character and inviolability as men and women of God! I have been personally mentored by Jim Stout and find his works and our unique relationship are grounded in God's persistence and our perseverance. Jim's books provide straightforward tools that lead to inspiration and results for both those afflicted with a mental illness and their loved ones.

—Ken Stokes

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
1. Why talk about mental illness and marriage?
2. What are your personal stories?
3. How has bipolar disorder affected your marriage?
4. How have you coped with the effects of bipolar disorder?
5. What have you done to heal your marriage?
6. How can a couple jumpstart their healing?
7. What if a spouse is unwilling to get help?
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Resources
Appendix: Strategies in Review
Notes

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