Dealing With Depression In Marriage  

With an estimated 17 million Americans suffering from a depressive illness, it is safe to say that mental illness is one of the most painful and persistent trials that a family will face. The American Medical Association considers it the most incapacitating of chronic conditions in relation to social functioning. More than one in ten people will suffer a serious depression at some point in their life; however nearly two-thirds do not get the help they need. Such an illness impacts the hom...
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Money Harmony for Newlywed Couples and Engaged Couples

Young married life should be a joyful time, but conflict over money often interferes. For newlyweds under the age of 30, debt brought into the marriage is the number one cause of conflict. To avoid the unhappiness and divorce this conflict can cause, newly married and engaged couples should take steps to minimize money conflict and maximize money harmony in their relationships. Crushing Financial Burdens -- A Pervasive Problem  American couples live in a financially stressful environme...
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Managing Family Finances

Bob came running into the house and called out, "Honey! Look at the new DVD player I bought!" Sarah entered the living room with a frown. As Bob anxiously opened the DVD player and described all its features, Sarah became more and more aggravated. "We don't have money to be buying DVD players." "Of course we do, we're getting our tax refund. Plus it was on sale. I've wanted one of these for so long. When I saw it I just couldn't wait." "We were supposed to save our tax refund toward...
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Immunized Against Infidelity: “Affair-proofing” Your Marriage

The Family: A Proclamation to the World emphasizes the sacredness of marriage and declares that men and women should "honor marital vows with complete fidelity." The importance of fidelity and God's disapproval of adultery have been emphasized throughout the Judeo-Christian scriptural tradition. For years, researchers and family therapists have echoed the religious teaching that fidelity matters. In the past decade alone, therapists have flooded the shelves with studies and books on infidelit...
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Coping with the Chronic Illness of a Spouse

Sometimes couples are faced with problems they do not anticipate. One such is chronic illness. A chronic illness is a medical condition that lasts for a long time, sometimes for the rest of someone's life. They include conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and cancer, among many others, may appear quickly or gradually, and are often unexpected. As a couple, be informed about the illness you are facing. Seek information from your doctor and reputable medical websites. Organizations may exist t...
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Debunking the Divorce Myth: Marriages are Actually Happy

  This article shows we should stop grousing about the "poor state of marriage in America."  Referring to a study by Shaunti Feldhahn, it debunks this myth while making the following points: The divorce rate has never reached 50% and is far lower than that. The 50% figure was a projection based on trends in the 1970's and '80's.  It was never the reality. The divorce rate has been dropping. 80% of marriages are happy. "The divorce rate among those active in their church i...
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