Harvard Mental Health Letter

Helping couples deal with medical challenges

Various types of couples therapy offer different approaches and coping strategies.

Traditional wedding vows include a promise to stay together in sickness and in health. But cancer, heart disease, major depression, substance abuse, and other types of serious medical illnesses can create stress in a marriage or in any type of committed relationship. Illness affects not only the person who receives the diagnosis, but his or her partner as well.

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