This is my first time on a forum of any kind. I am married to an amazing man who has stood by my side through many rough roads with depression.
Currently on Cymbalta, Remeron, and Xanax for depression vs major depression with axiety, diagnosed in 1992
My husband is a US Marine and therefore has been gone many times over our 20 year marriage. Currently he is away on an exercise and I became aware of some sad truths about myself and stepped over a line I thought I would never cross.
First off I have always questioned my husband loving me by asking outright and asking if we were okay and asking if he was gonna leave me. He has always answered my questions sometimes with exasperation but always answered. Two days ago I felt this enormous feeling of doom settling over me and of course the worst that could happen to me was he fell in love with someone else. I went into his email and read an email he had written to a coworker ...... the only thing I saw was I LOVE YOU. I was so hurt and so rejected and so angry that all my fears were now validated that I immediately picked up the phone and called him and demanded he tell me he was in love with her. He did not. Because he is not. The whole email was sorry she had broken off with a guy she was dating and that he was there to listen and care when she needed to talk. I knew all of this in my head but my emotions ran away from me.
Since this absence I realized how many times a day I look to him to say I LOVE YOU, yes we are fine, I am not going anywhere. Then the kicker came.......why the hell do I do this? because in my head I have already heard him say he does't love me, he isn't staying with me and we are not fine. My lack of trust in my emotions over read what he was saying and feeling. NO matter how many times he showed me he loved me or told me he loved me would have ever been enough because I have never thought he would stay....its be 20 YEARS.
So now he has reached his breaking point with me of accusing him of not loving me and wanting someone else, when it was I who thought he shouldn't love me and deserved someone else.
Now I have to change having that constant need to drag answers out of him that didn't matter in the first place cause my mind already had the answer.
My fears of not being lovable and not being able to have a happy marriage have caused me to now come very close to loosing the one thing I always feared of loosing.
He is waiting to see if I can change and accept love from him without question and it is hard. I am fighting a constant urge to call him and ask "Do you still love me?" DO you still have faith in us?" Again in my head I know this is true but my emotional voice is sabatoging what I need.
Any suggestions? I am working with a psychologist on a weekly basis. His first suggestion was to balance my life, make sure there are things I am doing besides just focussing on my doubts, the second was to have my husband NOT answer those questions if I ask he is to just say a random word and make me look at all his actions to see if I even needed to really ask that question.
Again this is extremely hard.