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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Partner of 21 years says he wants space

    I've been with my husband for 21 years, married for 11. Together since we were teenagers. No children (our choice).

    We've recently had a lot of external pressures from work and caring for relatives. I know he has been struggling with his mental health and have been trying to support him. Now suddenly he tells me he's questioning our happiness and whether we are truly right for each other. Has asked for space to think it through. I am in a million pieces.

    He is my whole world and I honestly can't imagine life without him. I recognise that we have been under external pressures recently but I honestly never doubted our relationship. In fact the very same night he told me all this I had been thinking about "how lucky I was to have him". Boy, do I feel like an idiot now.

    I haven't stopped crying since he told me. I am an utter, utter mess.

    Could it be depression making him feel this about our relationship, or has he simply fallen out of love with me?
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