About Partners in Wellness

by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
July 12, 2012

Partners in Wellness is a blog to provide information and support to relationship partners and spouses who are in a marriage with someone who has a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Coping with someone who has a serious mental illness can often times be trying, difficult, and stressful. This blog will deal with topics to help caregivers and partners learn to better communicate and improve their relationships with someone who has a mental health concern.

Joan Winifred is an advocate for the underdog. A mother of 4 who is known in her world as a peaceful friend. Here at Psych Central, she is best known as Chato’s wife. Loving and living with the cartoonist behind MentalHealthHumor.com isn’t always funny. However, facing the serious side of her husband’s mental illness with a positive attitude is crucial to success. With courage to care and love to share, she hopes to empower other caregivers to face their fears & break-free from isolation. Together caregivers can cope, carry-on and avoid burn-out!

This blog was begun in March 2011 by Kate Thieda, MS. Kate Thieda, MS, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master of Science in Counseling. She is an outpatient therapist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where she works with clients with mood disorders, including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.



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