26 episodes

With mental illness, the spouse often gets left with the burdens of the family, and is left very isolated. All the support can go to the spouse with the disorder, when we as the partner, need just as much love, understanding, and support. This podcast is my way of trying to provide a small piece of that, and to share each other's stories and offer helpful advice, support, and community.

The Mental Health Marriage Spouse of Bipolar 2

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 107 Ratings

With mental illness, the spouse often gets left with the burdens of the family, and is left very isolated. All the support can go to the spouse with the disorder, when we as the partner, need just as much love, understanding, and support. This podcast is my way of trying to provide a small piece of that, and to share each other's stories and offer helpful advice, support, and community.

    #26 The Cycles

    #26 The Cycles

    Em here announcing our Mental Health and Marriage Summit for October 2, 2021. Sign up at mentalhealthstrong.com , or email me at mentalhealthmarriage@gmail.com.
    In this episode, I give you an update on huge life transitions and what that does to everyone's mental health, and how I'm confident we will come out the other side and get back to thriving. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mentalhealthmarriage)

    • 15 min
    Further Down the Line with Temple: Part 2

    Further Down the Line with Temple: Part 2

    Author of "Whoops, I married a Bipolar" Temple Leffingwell talks with Em about the Pandemic, dealing with our own mental health, and the heartbreak that comes when you do everything you can and you're not seeing results yet. She wants to offer anyone who loves someone with Bipolar sound advice (crisis hotline, stay away from pot, etc), and support.  Don't try to do this alone!
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mentalhealthmarriage)

    • 39 min
    Further Down the Line, With Temple Part 1

    Further Down the Line, With Temple Part 1

    Author of "Whoops, I married a Bipolar", Temple Leffingwell joins Em to talk more about things she wishes she had known in navigating the treatment of Bipolar for her husband of 8 years. This is part 1 of a long conversation about the emotional roller coaster, effects of marijuana on  Bipolar, and building our own resiliency and spiritual foundation. Find Temple's book and audio book at https://awesound.com/whoopsimarriedabipolar/audiobook/whoops-i-married-a-bipolar
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mentalhealthmarriage)

    • 59 min
    Stick it to the Stigma

    Stick it to the Stigma

    Guest Tara, author of "When Hope Speaks"  talks to us about her 3 year marriage to her husband who suffers from Bipolar disorder. On top of everything they face with mental illness, they dealt with 8 years of infertility before their daughter came to them.  hey also know what it's like to live with the fear that comes for Black Americans, and share their perspective on the systemic racism that exists in our country. 
    https://tarapaynebooks.bigcartel.com/
    find Em on twitter at @mentalmarriage
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mentalhealthmarriage)

    • 52 min
    Mental Health Strong with Erin R.

    Mental Health Strong with Erin R.

    Erin Ramachadran speaks to us about her book "Mental Health Strong". She uses her experience from 13 years of marriage to her husband who has OCD, Depression, and other mental health conditions, to provide guidance and support for those of us wanting better marriages. There is a statistic that says 80% of marriages where mental health is involved end in divorce. Erin believes that this is because of lack of education and support for these couples, and if we work together we can change this statistic. Her website is www.mentalhealthstrong.com. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mentalhealthmarriage)

    • 1 hr
    Self Coaching Through Coronavirus: Beth Bush part 2

    Self Coaching Through Coronavirus: Beth Bush part 2

    We are all having all kinds of thoughts, therefore feelings happening related to the anxiety of a global pandemic. Having a spouse with a mental health issue can just add more anxiety to the pot. Beth coaches Em through some of those scary thoughts, and we learn how to redirect and replace them with thoughts that serve us, and help us show up in the ways we want to in our marriages and lives in general. If you want to connect with Beth, you can reach her at bethbush@marriedtobipolar.com, and you can always donate to this podcast at patreon.com/mentalhealthmarriage. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mentalhealthmarriage)

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

Lainey E. ,

This saved me

Personally, I have always struggled with my mental health. For as long as I can remember. And this past year, my husband had a total breakdown and is currently being treated for PTSD which has been a long and excruciating journey. We are both holding on for dear life during this and have wanted to give up many times. I listen and re-listen to these episodes in the tougher moments and they take me back off the ledge. Because my husband hasn’t been able to work for 7 months I can’t afford to contribute to the podcast, but I look forward to the day that I can, because so many more people need to hear it.

hunloc ,

So Thankful

I just found this podcast and want to say thank you so much! I have been married to my husband for 21 years and he is bipolar. It has been such a roller coaster ride through our marriage. I have always wanted to find books that give help and support to the spouses but never seem to find them. I have read tons of books from the bipolars view to help understand my husband better. However I haven’t found anything to help me. Listening to just one of your podcasts has me feeling better knowing that I’m not alone in this complicated, loving, and sometimes crazy life. I hope you will continue to do more.

d00dles4science ,

So grateful I found this!!

I just found out my partner is bipolar and have been trying to figure out how to navigate through my relationship- this podcast has been so incredibly helpful and inspiring. It feels so much better knowing I’m not alone and gives me hope and strength. I really appreciate you taking the time and effort to put your story and information out to others. 💙💙💙

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