Mark and Giulia met at age 18, were married at 24, and were on the path for a life full of happily ever afters. Then, at the age of 27, Giulia suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break that landed her in the psych ward for nearly a month. One day she was vibrant and well adjusted; the next, she was delusional and suicidal, convinced that her loved ones were not safe.
Eventually, Giulia fully recovered and the couple had a son. Soon after Jonas was born, Giulia had another breakdown, and then a third a few years after that. Pushed to the edge of the abyss, everything the couple had once taken for granted was upended.
Mark has written a book, "My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward," about their journey through mental illness. In this talk, he [and Giulia] will be sharing some of the strategies they've learned for how to make their marriage thrive in the context of her bipolar diagnosis.
Mark Lukach is a teacher and the author of the international bestselling memoir "My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward," which came out in May 2017. His work has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Wired, and other publications. He is currently the ninth grade dean at The Athenian School, where he also teaches history. He lives with his wife, Giulia, and their son in the San Francisco Bay area.
Mark first wrote about Giulia in a New York Times “Modern Love” column and again in a piece for Pacific Standard Magazine, which was the magazine’s most-read article in 2015.