New forum member today but after reading some of the other posts in this topic, I think posting may be helpful.
The back-story: I am 33 and my wife is 28. We met online, dated for about a year, and have been married now for almost 7 years. Unfortunately, the last few of those have been far from ideal.
I am 100% convinced my wife suffers from depression. My wife lost her dad at 12 years old so I can't help but feel like that played a role in her current mental state, but I could be wrong. She frequently comments about how she hates her life/job/house/marriage or whatever is the target of her passive-aggressiveness that particular day. She frequently displays the tell-tale signs: fatigue, lack of energy, helplessness etc. She also has other "hang-ups" like talking to people on the phone and driving herself places. Unfortunately, I helped sustain some of her insecurities during the course of our relationship(i.e. driving her everywhere.) about 4 years ago, back when we actually had health insurance, she visited a counselor about 7 times and was put on a low dose of Citalopram. If I recall correctly, the therapy/medication did help to some degree.
I say if I recall correctly because the past year or two, she has progressively become worse and it has slowly been consuming our relationship. As far as my role in this, I would like to think I am a pretty good husband. I went through an unemployed period a couple years ago but in 7 years of marriage, I have NEVER cheated or abused my wife, much less said a harsh word to her, which might be part of the problem. There seems to be a double standard in our relationship where she can freely say anything she wants to me, no matter how mean or hurtful, but she is hyper-sensitive to any kind of criticism and/or emotion behind my words. While I have read numerous articles online that tell me not to blame myself for her illness, I can't help but feel at least somewhat responsible. It really feels like she just complains about problems in her life, but expects me to put 100% of the effort in fixing them. One great example is our sex life, or lack thereof. During the first year or so we were dating, it was never an issue but my wife NEVER initiated any of the encounters. Over time, the lack of initiation started to wear on me. I felt that either she was just too insecure about herself or wasn't attracted to me enough anymore to do so. I have told her how I fee about the situation numerous times and always to no avail. She will insist she does initiate and essentially shifts the blame back to me. She frequently likes to make mean spirited comments about our lack of sex life, but beyond that shows absolutely no effort to fix it.
The same principle could be applied to many other aspects of our life. Even when something good happens in our life, it seems like the happiness she shows is fleeting, if genuine at all. I don't think she would be opposed to counseling/medication since she has tried it in the past. Unfortunately, without medical insurance, my options are very limited. I love my wife dearly but this is beginning to tear me apart inside and I feel like I can't continue to live like this. How many times can your spouse tell you the life you share is crap before you start to believe or resent them? I'm hoping anyone out there can offer any kind of advice that may be helpful. I really want to get my wife the help she needs so we can try to salvage this marriage, if that is even an option at this point.