Janel

Thank you so much for your writings. I found your article up on my husbands phone and he asked me not to read it. Now I think I understand why.
Five months after the birth of our 3rd child, I had an episode of psychosis and a total of 17 days spent in a psychiatric facility. My husband did not respond as gallantly as you. In fact, he didn't visit or take any calls from me. Initially I was livid and wanted a divorce, but my therapist and psychiatrist advised against any rash decisions.
Reading your article made me realize how scary it is for the partner as well. My husband was scared and shut down. Since that time he has learned we can't function as a couple if that is the case.
I wish you and your family the best. (I hope Giulia's dream of 3 kids can become reality)

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