I have been married for about 10 years to a wife who has depression. She has never seen a mental health professional, but she has been given prescriptions by a primary care physician. She has had various combinations of wellbutrin, prozac, xanax, effexor, paxil, and who knows what else. She was not taking all of these at once, but this is a sampling of medications taken over the years. I have said that she wakes up angry, gets progressively angrier throughout the day, and goes to bed at her angriest. She has mentioned divorce close to 20 times. She says that I am to blame for most of the problems in the marriage, or at least half. I believe that my attitude is simply a result of the exasperation of dealing with unabated anger. The funny thing is that she accuses ME of being depressed. She believes that her depression is under control, and that I am at least half to blame for our strained relationship. How do I know if she is simply an angry person with natural tendencies toward meanness or if this is a cause of the depression or a side effect of the medication? She wants to initiate divorce because I am emotionally vacant. You become that way after years of emotional turmoil. What are the long term prospects for relationships with a partner who suffers from depression?
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