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Anxiety and Panic

Seeking Shelter from ISAAC: Storm Evacuations and Plans

Are you seeking shelter from ISAAC? The Tropical Storm (soon-to-be hurricane) sadly left some dead in Haiti and in the Dominican Republic! The death toll is relatively low, but just one death by storm is way too many!

Those who have suffered loss of a loved one (or belongings) deserve our help, support, comfort and disaster relief! Will you volunteer to help in your community or elsewhere? I know you care!

The Weather...
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ADHD

Does Your Partner Feel Emotionally Safe?

When you have a partner with mental illness, you are likely always on alert for behaviors that might indicate the illness is progressing. Was that laugh too loud, and a sign of impending mania?...Does the fact that he doesn't want to go to the party mean his depression is coming back?...Did he forget to pick up the dry cleaning because he didn't take his ADHD meds?...Did she skip dessert because she's full or because...
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Anxiety and Panic

Eight Tips for Handling Partner Anxiety

If you have a partner with anxiety--whether it is "everyday anxiety" or a full-blown anxiety disorder--you know the ways anxiety can wreak havoc on your lives and your relationship. It may feel like everything revolves around what will and will not make your partner anxious. Feelings of frustration, unfairness and anger on your part are all normal.

Since anxiety is one of the easiest psychiatric disorders to treat, hopefully your partner...
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ADHD

Talking to Kids About a Parent’s Mental Illness: Part 2

Today's post is Part 2 on how to help kids who have a parent with a mental illness. In Part 1, we discussed how kids think about and react to having an ill parent. This post will address how to talk with kids when their Mom or Dad has a mental illness, and provide helpful resources.

Talking with kids about mental illness

Experts recommend that you address these main topics with...
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ADHD

Talking to Kids About a Parent’s Mental Illness: Part 1

When a parent is mentally ill, children are often confused, scared, angry, and/or worried. Depending on their ages, how long the parent has been symptomatic, and experiences with Mom or Dad being sick, children need appropriate levels of education and support.

Children of parents with mental illness are at risk a range of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, alcoholism, and personality disorders.

In this two-part...
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Anxiety and Panic

Buried By Your Loved One’s Possessions?

The saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure," is applicable to those who struggle with hoarding, a type of anxiety disorder that some professionals believe is correlated with obsessive compulsive disorder.

People who hoard are not lazy slobs who refuse to clean up after themselves, despite what it might seem like to others. To people who hoard, every item in their house (or car, or office, or other space) has a purpose...
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Anxiety and Panic

Tips for Helping Anxious Partners

If you have an anxious partner, you may find yourself repeating statements like the following:

"It's can do this."

"There's nothing to worry about."

"Relax--everything will work out in the end."

Or maybe you have given up on trying to reassure your partner that worrying is not helpful, and are now using statements such as:

"Enough already! Stop obsessing!"

"You are driving me crazy with your worries!"

"How old are you? Grow 's just a [snake, spider, dog, etc.]"

Depending...
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Anxiety and Panic

The Costs of NOT Treating Mental Illness

It's no secret that health insurance is expensive, and paying for mental health services can be outrageous as well. When you and your partner have a large pile of bills to pay, it can make a difficult decision to forgo mental health appointments and psychiatric medications appear--on the surface--to be easier.
No money = No care, no meds. Period. End of story. Right?
Unfortunately, you and your partner may have already discovered...
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Partner Having a Panic Attack? Or Is It “Just” Crazy Worry?

One in four Americans have an anxiety disorder, and your partner may be one of them. Anxiety symptoms show up in a lot of different ways, and for the person experiencing them, they can be really unpleasant, to put it nicely.

Many people tolerate their anxiety for many years before something makes them decide enough is enough, and they make an appointment to see a doctor or therapist.

Clients will sometimes present to their doctor's...
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