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Archives for December, 2011

Partners In Wellness with Joan Winifred

Year In Review: Partners In Wellness

Thank you to everyone who has read this blog since its inception in March of this year. It has been an honor and a privilege to share with you topics that are important to maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner who has a mental illness. I very much respect the hard work, dedication, and love that it takes to care for someone who is struggling, and hope you will continue to visit this...
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Partners

5 Gifts to Give Yourself

It's always nice when other people give us gifts during the makes us feel loved, appreciated, remembered, cared about.

But sometimes, other people just don't know what we need or what would be most helpful. As the partner of someone with a mental illness, you may have to give yourself the gifts you really need. It might not be as exciting as unwrapping a beautifully-packaged present, but the benefits will likely last a...
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Anxiety and Panic

Are You Helping or Hurting Your Partner?

Partners and family members of people with anxiety mean well.

When living with someone who has anxiety, it’s often easier to just “go with the flow” and adjust your behaviors to help your loved one feel less anxious. You may find yourself taking on extra responsibilities, avoiding places that make your partner anxious, participating in “safety behaviors” or rituals with your partner (such as checking door locks or that the oven is turned off),...
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ADHD

Getting the Best ADHD Treatment for Your Partner

Did you know that nearly half of adults in the with symptoms of diagnosable ADHD don't know they have it?

Are you thinking, "How could my partner not have a diagnosis??? He (or she) can never sit still for a minute, remember to pay the bills, or manage the money, let alone pay attention to me!"

Well, ADHD has only been diagnosed in adults since the 1980s. Since it is usually caught in...
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Partners In Wellness with Joan Winifred

Is Your Partner Abusing Their Meds?

Drug abuse doesn't just happen with illegal substances like heroin and cocaine. It can happen with any kind of medication, including over the counter and prescription meds.

Any time a medication is used for something other than what was intended, it is being misused. It can be very easy to justify the use of meds for alleviating symptoms-- especially if you already have the medications in the house--but it's also all too easy to cross...
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Anxiety and Panic

Mood Myths and Facts: What Do You Know?

WebMD has a great collection of resources about all things medical, including mental health. I recently took their "Myths and Facts About Your Mood" quiz, which had 13 questions related to how music, food, and interactions with strangers affect mood, what mood means you are more likely to catch someone in a lie, whether older people are more likely to be in a bad mood, when
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Partners In Wellness with Joan Winifred

Is Your Partner’s Illness All In Their Head?

When a battery of medical tests for physical symptoms of illness turns up nothing conclusive, you might begin to wonder if the complaints your partner has are all in their mind. After all, if nothing can be proved medically, what other option is there?

It's not quite that simple.

When a condition is psychosomatic, it means that the illness involves both the mind (psycho) and the body (somatic). A psychosomatic illness originates with emotional...
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Anxiety and Panic

Online Support Groups for Partners

Having a partner with a mental illness can feel very lonely. You may feel as if it's not right to burden others with your problems and concerns, but also wish there was someone who understands what you are going through. Maybe, for whatever reason, going to therapy or in-person support groups yourself is not an option, or not enough. What else is there?

Technology to the rescue!

Online support groups--sometimes called online discussion groups...
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Depression

Partner With Breast Cancer? Watch for Depression, Too

Breast cancer is one of the most devastating diagnoses a woman can receive. According to the American Cancer Society, 230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, and nearly 40,000 women will not survive their battle with cancer.

A recent study from the University of Missouri looked at how marital status, children, income level and age affect the likelihood of depression among breast cancer survivors. Researchers found that women who were...
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