Partners in Wellness by Kate Thieda is a blog about helping 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.
This blog will focus on helping people who are in a relationship with a person who has a mental health issue. While this may include what people often refer to as “caregivers,” it is focused on people who are partners of a person with a mental disorder.
Topics on this blog may include:
- Self-care to prevent caregiver burnout
- What to do when you learn a loved one is ill (first diagnosis and/or relapse/recurrence)
- Communication strategies with an ill partner
- How to communicate with treatment staff about your ill partner
- What mentally ill partners wish they could tell their healthier partners but are afraid to
- What is and isn’t appropriate to do when caring for an ill partner
- How and why to set boundaries with an ill partner
- Dealing with guilt over reactions to/feelings about an ill partner
- Talking with others about your ill partner/Reducing isolation when your partner is ill
I’m pleased we have a blog on this important topic on Psych Central, as it is often a subject that gets swept under the rug and few people pay much attention to. So many relationships needlessly suffer because people simply run out of patience and coping skills to deal with the unique issues living with or being in a serious relationship with someone who has mental health concerns.
Please give Kate a warm Psych Central welcome!