My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

A heart-wrenching, yet hopeful, memoir of a young marriage that is redefined by mental illness and affirms the power of love.

Mark and Giulia’s life together began as a storybook romance. They fell in love at eighteen, married at twenty-four, and were living their dream life in San Francisco. When Giulia was twenty-seven, she suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break that landed her in the psych ward for nearly a month. One day she was vibrant and well-adjusted; the next she was delusional and suicidal, convinced that her loved ones were not safe.

Eventually, Giulia fully recovered, and the couple had a son. But, soon after Jonas was born, Giulia had another breakdown, and then a third a few years after that. Pushed to the edge of the abyss, everything the couple had once taken for granted was upended.

A story of the fragility of the mind, and the tenacity of the human spirit, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is, above all, a love story that raises profound questions: How do we care for the people we love? What and who do we live for? Breathtaking in its candor, radiant with compassion, and written with dazzling lyricism, Lukach’s is an intensely personal odyssey through the harrowing years of his wife’s mental illness, anchored by an abiding devotion to family that will affirm readers’ faith in the power of love.

Title:My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062422934
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  • Mischenko

    In the past I've dealt with my own mental health issues, mainly after developing a thyroid disorder and after having children. It isn't easy and in my opinion isn't taken seriously enough. Many medica...

  • P-eggy

    I'm out of sync here. Everyone loves the book except me. The story is of how a husband adapts his life to that of his bi-polar psychotic wife who is suicidal when depressed and needs hospitalising. He...

  • Elyse Walters

    It’s very hard to stop thinking about this story.....Ruthless- Brutally Honest - AT SOME POINT ....not too far into this memoir....I COULD NO LONGER PULL MYSELF AWAY. It’s GUT WRENCHING....on so m...

  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends

    My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward gave me a different perspective that I have been searching for, the perspective of a caregiver of a loved one with a mental illness. Some understanding that as caregiv...

  • Michelle Donovan

    I wanted to like this book. I really, really did. But I just couldn't. Don't get me wrong -- Giulia's rapid descent into her first psychotic break grabbed my attention right away, and it was both horr...

  • Rebecca McNutt

    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.Books about mental illness often irk me. Now, that's not because I think mental illness makes a person bad; nobody with mental health problems sh...

  • Brandon Forsyth

    "Scared to death, scared to look /They shook."- Mobb Deep, "Shook Ones Pt. II"I'm trying to deflect how much this book affected me by starting off with a hip hop lyric, but it's actually the most appr...

  • Amanda

    Sometimes a title of a book stands out and cries out to be read and for me this screamed “read me”From the first page you get a deep sense that Giulia and Mark, are in a very loving relationship. ...

  • Terry

    Yikes. This was really closer to one star, but I've noticed that other reviewers who give this book less-than-stellar ratings get harrassed, so I'm...hedging my review a tiny bit.I spent this book alt...

  •  Sarah Lumos

    I am a sucker for love stories, and “My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward” was no exception. As an aspiring allied health professional, memoirs about mental health and mental illness are invaluable ...