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‘My Identity Went’: Mental Health Issues Torment Trailing Spouses

‘My identity went’: Mental health issues torment trailing spouses

“Too many smart women with too much time on their hands.” This is how a friend in France described our group of “trailing spouses”. I spent eleven years accompanying my husband from country to country on his various work assignments. And to all appearances, I was living the good life as a lady of leisure.

While I did love my time abroad and didn’t have to face the stresses the rest of my family did at work and school, being the non-working spouse has its own challenges. Those challenges can be made more difficult because they aren’t always seen or acknowledged.

Read Al Jazeera‘s insightful article on the struggles that expat spouses often face.