I’m new to this forum but it’s nice to know that there’s a group of people that can understand the challenges of caring for a spouse. My wife was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. She has manic episodes on a regular basis which include fits of rage, incoherent thoughts, and verbal abuse directed towards me. We also have a special needs daughter that is in need of constant care. I feel like there are times where I just want to throw up my hands. Does anyone else have a spouse with a mental illness? How long have you cared for them? How do you cope?