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How Can I Cope With A Husband That Is Emotionally Unavailable
Accept it: Make sure pt. Has a diagnosis (like dementia). Once diagnosis is sure you have to avoid taking it personally when the patient does not recognize you or ask you the same thing often. Follow the flow, do not get angry with him. Try to ventilate your frustrations with a positive and productive way. Involve the whole family. Reserve some time for you personally to do thongs you use to love. ...Read more
Love & Support: Your husband need support and encouragement to let him know that dealing with a mood disorder is tough, but that you are there to love and encourage him. It may be helpful to find some books to read to better understand his disorder. It would also be helpful if you are willing to attend therapy with him to talk through relational issues that may be causing additional stress. ...Read more
Education: Education is important to help cope with your husband's illness. Nami is an excellent support organization for mental illness. For maryland the link is http://www.Namimd.Org/. There are a lot of free support groups and educational resources through nami. The link http://www.Schizophrenia.Com/ has online support forums which may also be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NAMI & DBSA: A good place to start: national alliance on mental health. The website for the michigan chapter is http://www.Namimi.Org you'll find a contact number for the downtown detroit chapter administrator, as well as the contact info for administrators of other chapters. Another organization to check out is the depression & bipolar support alliance http://www.Dbsalliance.Org. ...Read more
It all depends: Yes. If his sexual libido is bothering you and he won't discuss it, then getting into a therapeutic situation can be helpful. If he is willing to talk to someone i would hope he would seek a full medical evaluation for his troubles. Men have a difficult time admitting they struggle with libido, even when this is common and easily addressed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Couple's time: Hormone changes during pregnancy, just after having a baby and during breast-feeding can put a damper on sex drive. Fatigue, changes in body image and the pressures of caring for a new baby can all contribute to changes in sexual desire. Hiring an sitter to care for your children while you and your partner work on your relationship via adult activities may help rekindle the desire. ...Read more
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