My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

A Memoir

Book - 2017
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"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. The 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 she was the devil and that her loved ones were not safe. All she wanted was to die. 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"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062422910
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 23, 2019

For anyone who loves someone living with bipolar this is a memoir that is very direct, open and honest. A true insight to relationships and the illness.

sclibrary_MarkG Feb 26, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. It is set in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you live in the bay area, you might enjoy this book even more. There were many difficult decisions that the husband and wife had to make. It is also an interesting look at how society and the medical profession try to treat people with psychology problems.

Jan 19, 2019

I have to agree with the majority of the other reviews on this one. I find mental health incredibly fascinating in a completely dark way. Its ability to debilitate not only the sufferer, but also those around them is something that remains for life. I can understand Lukach's desire to put his family's experiences into words; however, I did find that it was one-sided and almost read as a pity-party. I don't think I necessarily wanted more insight into the wife's experiences. I wanted less about how he felt having to "deal" with his wife, and what he had to give up for her. I think if you can look past this tone throughout the book's entirety, you glean insight into the mental healthcare system, and how far we have to go before sufferers receive the help they require. I liked the idea behind this one, but was not a fan of the delivery. And that's the tea.

Oct 21, 2018

I thought it was an interesting perspective on mental illness from the caregiver’s perspective. It was very honest about their experience on learning how to work on their dynamic as a couple and becoming a team.

Jun 10, 2018

The book was quite well done. A interesting perspective of the caregiver and the affects of mental illness on the loved ones of the sufferer. Wonderful people that you will root for, hope for, and ultimately, search online to see how things are going for them now. Best of luck to them!

Jun 10, 2018

I have a family member with severe mental illness so I know how hard it can be. Having said that, this book was not about the ill person, Giulia. It was about Mark who acted like a victim and whined through the entire thing. Many of us deal with these issues and we don't have the luxury of quitting jobs, travelling the world or a strong extended family. Not sure how that was possible but I'm glad they had those luxuries during a difficult time. I'm empathetic for anyone going through it but my goodness, man up. Nobody chooses mental illness. Nobody chooses the bulk of the stuff life hands us.

DPLalyssab Mar 13, 2018

Poignant memoir of a husband's struggles to help and support his wife. Discusses their shared challenges with her mental illness.

Feb 09, 2018

A heart wrenching memoir of a young marriage and mental illness. Mark, the author does a great job of telling his story of his wife's illness and gradual recovery. His loyalty never wavers and the healing power of love and endurance.
I loved this book, was easy to read. Highly recommend this book with anyone who has a mental illness or if you know someone.
This book was written in 2017, and would be interesting to know how she is doing today, and if eventually they will be able to give her mental illness a name, even though they had ideas what it is.

Nov 21, 2017

A well told memoir of a husband who has to manage his wife's mental illness and hospitalization in the Psych Ward following psychosis.Mark Lukach tells the love story of his relationship with his wife Giulia and how he struggles with her psychosis which is at first not diagnosed and then labelled Bipolar Disorder. Mark's story resonates with how he has to be superman first managing himself and Giulia and then their little son Jonas too. The book was powerful but I felt that Mark did not tell Giulia's side of the story as much as it deserved to be told.

Sep 14, 2017

This true story is about the author's wife developing a psychosis and their experiences with the American mental health system, and how her illness affected him. I found it boring and skimmed through it to finish it.

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