Loving Someone with Anxiety is one of the few books written specifically for the partners of people with anxiety disorders. The book is designed not only to aid you in helping your partner cope with anxiety and worry, but also to help you take care of your own needs. Inside, you'll learn the importance of setting healthy boundaries, limiting codependent behaviors, and why taking over roles that make your partner anxious-such as answering the phone, driving, or doing the grocery shopping because your partner feels too anxious to be in public-can be extremely damaging for the both of you. Codependency in relationships with an anxious partner can lead to resentment, anger, and a sense of helplessness on your side. This book will help you and your partner overcome these negative behaviors, build better communication and a stronger personal connection. Written by a licensed professional counselor who specializes in helping the partners of those with mental illnesses , this book is the resource that you have been looking for to help you understand your anxious partner and keep anxiety from sabotaging your relationship.
"A must-read for partners living with a love one experiencing any form of anxiety! Through both partners' eyes, Thieda provides robust and engaging content on the common thought patterns, reactions, and behaviors creating anxiety, along with reflective questions, exercises, interpersonal tools, and strategies for supporting loved ones. She skillfully incorporates mindfulness strategies (including affirmation and self-care) as enhancing practices for living in the present moment, dissolving anxiety, and promoting inner calmness. Kate's book is chock-full of helpful examples, insights, and resources for both partners!" --Judith C. Holder, PhD, director at Duke Occupational Mental Health Programs, leadership and life coach-consultant, and author of "Mastering Life's Adventures: On the Beam"
Kate Thieda, MS, LPCA, is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor who serves as an outpatient psychotherapist at Duke University. She is the creator of the blog "Partners in Wellness," on the award-winning website PsychCentral.com. The blog is targeted to partners of those who have mental illness.