Mark Lukach and his wife Giulia fell in love as college freshmen. After graduation, their lives were unfolding according to plan: married with burgeoning careers. That is until Giulia suffered a month-long psychotic break at age 27. Lukach's memoir, “My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward,” chronicles their relationship over three psychotic episodes in five years. Lukach joins Forum to discuss his memoir, the power dynamics between patients and their caregivers, and how Giulia's illness changed them — and their marriage — forever.
When a Young Marriage Meets Mental Illness
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Mark Lukach is the author of "My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward." (Photo: Courtesy of Mark Lukach)
Mark Lukach, author, "My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward"