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5 Things To Remember If You Love Someone Who Has Anxiety
Anyone who has ever experienced anxiety can tell you just how frustrating and what a difficult hinderance it can be in life.
Unfortunately it happens to be a relatively common issue in this day and age.
While there are ways to cope with anxiety, which you can learn if you have access to therapy or decent mental healthcare resources, often the most important and influential factor in managing it healthily is having a great support network.
So here are 5 things to remember if you are one of the many who love someone with anxiety.
It isn't just a mental issue.
The behavioral symptoms of anxiety are fairly tell-tale and can be spotted relatively easily.
People can start speaking very fast, drawing shorter breaths, and tapping feet, fingers, or pacing the room.
A sudden bout of anxiety can bring on physical symptoms as well though, and these can be a little less obvious.
So be on the lookout for chronic "lightning" or momentary headaches, nausea or the feeling of a shaky stomach, or an uncomfortable rise in body temperature and uncontrollable flushing of the face.
If your loved one exhibits these signs, there's a good chance you may need to help calm them before they're in danger of having an anxiety attack.
Anxiety often turns out to be a package deal.
According to The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately half of people with an anxiety disorder also suffer from depression.
The two conditions can throw the sufferer into an exhausting cycle of high strung, fear-driven thinking and behavior followed by a plummet into despair and apathy.
Coping with this cycle can be overwhelming and your partner will need your support and your calm clarity while they're caught in this mental tug of war.
They need time to themselves.
Social situations take a great deal of effort for people with anxiety. Generally, the larger the crowd the more tiring and daunting the function.
Most people still crave social interaction when they're feeling up to it, but they very much need their down time to rest and restore that energy and calm their mind.
As a partner, don't take it personally when they just can't bring themselves to come out with you.
Let them take a step back and get their head together, they will let you know when they're ready to hit the town again.
People with anxiety are perfectly capable of being wonderful, loving partners.
Despite the science of Psychology progressing leaps and bounds over the last few decades especially, mental illness and disorders still have quite the stigma attached, but don't be influenced by these ignorant, baseless ideas; people with mental health issues can be warm, supportive, caring and dedicated partners.
One could even argue that their own experiences and struggles have taught them to be particularly attuned and empathetic to loved ones' feelings and needs.
Anxiety is not a ploy for attention.
One of the prevalent stigmas of mental illness is that the real cause of it all is a need for attention, but this couldn't be a more ludicrous concept.
Anxiety is not fun, mild or easy to just play at. A little patience and understanding can go a very long way.
It is a serious condition that affects every single aspect of your life and turns what should be normal daily requirements and tasks into battles.
It can be draining at times, but it's important for you to know that however frustrated you may be by your partner's anxiety, they are doubly so.
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