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Is Your Partner “Moody” or Is It Bipolar Disorder?

"One minute, my wife is smiling and joking with me, and the next, she's looking at me like I've grown a second head, and walks away angry. I think she's bipolar."

"My partner has to be never can predict what his mood is going to be, and the littlest things get him upset. But then, a few hours later, he's fine again."

"My coworker never seems to need sleep! She sends me...
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ADHD

Tips for Telling Others About Your Partner’s Illness

Bringing up the topic of a partner's mental illness with family and friends can feel tricky. In some cases, it might be obvious that there is something wrong, but many mental illnesses can't be detected from the outside. However, that doesn't mean you and your partner don't need and deserve support from understanding family and friends.

Asking for that support can feel uncomfortable, though, given the stigma that still exists around mental illness,...
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ADHD

Patient Voices: What It’s Really Like

Every so often, I like to share with my readers resources that I have found elsewhere on the Internet. Today I'd like to introduce you to "Patient Voices," a New York Times online resource that highlights multiple patient stories for myriad illnesses, including ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. If your partner has one of these illnesses, or perhaps another type of physical illness, these interactive clips may...
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ADHD

Partner Refusing Treatment? Here’s Why

Jim's drinking was clearly out of had been up for over 24 hours, and the beer bottles lying around numbered over thirty. Yet he refuses to see a counselor, saying that he "doesn't have a problem and doesn't need help!"

Jane's mother, Sally, age 76, can barely make her way through her own house because of the clutter and items she has accumulated. Jane is concerned for her mother's safety, but Sally...
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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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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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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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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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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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