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Anxiety and Panic

Stress in America 2011 Results: Caregivers Are In Trouble

The American Psychological Association released its annual Stress in America report earlier this month, and the findings were clear: those caring for people who are aging and/or chronically ill (including those having a mental illness) are under more stress than the average American. According to estimates from the National Alliance for Caregiving, million Americans served as caregivers for an ill or disabled relative in the past...
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Partners

Emotional Abuse and Your Partner With BPD

If you have a partner with borderline personality disorder (BPD), it's likely that you have experienced times when your partner has said things that were extremely hurtful, maybe even cruel. A person does not have to have BPD (or any other mental disorder, for that matter) to know just how to push their partner's buttons, but for the partners of those with BPD, the emotional outbursts tend to be...
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Anxiety and Panic

Your Partner is 1 in 5

You may have told your partner during your time together that he or she is "one in a million," but if they also have a mental illness, they are more like 1 in 5 Americans, according to a recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

According to the report:
A new national report reveals that million American adults aged 18 or older, or 20 percent of...
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Partners

Is Your Partner Co-Dependent to Someone Else?

If your definition of "co-dependent" involves someone who is married to an alcoholic, you get partial credit. While the term was originally coined to describe those who enabled alcoholics, these days, we view codependency in a wider context.

It now includes anyone who allows the negative behaviors of other people to affect them, and who spends a lot of time and energy trying to manage the other person's behaviors. That broader definition can include a...
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Marriage

Do You and Your Partner Need a Sex Therapist?

Do you giggle at the thought of someone having the job title of "sex therapist"? Or do you think those people must have the best job in the world??? (Nudge, wink.)

Get over therapists are like any other psychotherapist, except that they specialize in helping individuals and couples who are having sexual problems. These therapists generally have counseling, social work, or psychology degrees as their training basis, but choose to do additional training...
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ADHD

Is Your Partner Out of ADHD Meds?



Recent news headlines may be stating the obvious for you and your partner: ADHD medications are in short supply here in the Has your partner gone to have their meds refilled, only to be told, "We don't have any, and we don't know when we'll get more?"

Yikes!

There's no doubt that ADHD medications make a difference for those who take them. They help with focus, concentration, and ability to get...
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Partners

Making Assumptions About Your Partner’s Behavior?

Anna and David were at a New Year's Eve party at the home of David's coworker. David, a naturally-outgoing salesperson, interacted easily with the other invitees, even though he knew no one there but the hosts.

Anna, who suffers from social anxiety, struggled to feel comfortable during the evening, often sitting in silence for long periods of time and not doing much to contribute to the conversation. At the end of the night,...
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Anxiety and Panic

Join NAMI in Becoming a StigmaBuster

Last Friday's post discussed how stigma is--unfortunately--still a major force in mental health.

Today, I want to share with you something you can do about it. Many positive things in the world have happened because someone has had a loved one go through a negative experience, and decided to instigate change. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has just the thing: Become a StigmaBuster!

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Partners

10 Ways to Support Your Partner With Mental Illness

Emotional intimacy with your partner takes effort. When we are busy with our day-to-day lives, remembering to connect and do just a little extra to remind your partner of your love for them can fall by the wayside. When your partner has a mental illness, their self-esteem can take a huge hit. Knowing that they have a partner who still loves and supports them, no matter what illness they may have, makes...
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Partners

Your Partner’s Mental Health Rights

A topic that often comes up with my clients is what rights they have when their quality of life is affected by their mental illness. Most common is a discussion of FMLA, or the Family Medical Leave Act, which can give people special accommodation at work. But beyond FMLA, mental health patients have rights to other services that can help them more easily weather the challenges having an illness can bring.

As the...
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