Overcoming anxiety is a great challenge. Persons with such condition cannot do this alone. They need all the support and understanding from the people around them. And as a partner of a person with such state, the spotlight will immediately turn to you. Below are some facts about anxiety that you need to know:
If You’re Going To Battle, Then Know Your Enemy.
It is a universal fact that the battle against anxiety can be stressful, especially if your partner is the one involved. In this case, as the partner of a person with anxiety, you should ascertain your capabilities, strengths, and limitations. Be honest with yourself. Ask yourself if you can go through with the ordeal.
Sometimes, There Is Nothing You Can Do. Accept It.
You need to accept the fact that when anxiety takes its toll on your partner, there’s nothing you can do about it. You just have to let it be. Frustration and even resistance to the fact may come in, but fighting against it is useless. You have to accept the fact that you can do nothing about it. All you can do is be there for your partner. “Partners may find themselves in roles they do not want, such as the compromiser, the protector, or the comforter,” says Kate Thieda, MS, LPCA, NCC.
Learn Everything You Can About Your Partner’s Condition.
You can deal with anxiety effectively if you learn enough about it. Do research and talk to mental disorder professionals for further insight about the condition.
The Worst Thing You Can Do Is Shame Your Partner For Being Anxious.
“People who struggle with anxiety may show it in different ways,” says Helen Odessky, PsyD. With that, avoid making statements that may put your partner’s anxiety condition as though it is not a serious mental health issue. This will not only upset him but it can also trigger the anxiety as well.
Your Partner Doesn’t Need Constant Reminding Of The Burden Brought About By His Or Her Condition.
Though anxiety can trigger frustration and despair within the household, still, as a partner of a person who has the condition, you should not make the burden known to him. If such idea comes to his knowledge, he may not take it nicely and lead to another anxiety attack.
A Backup Plan Will Help Your Partner Feel Safe.
Always ready yourself on how to deal with your partner whenever the attack takes place. This is especially necessary for public areas. Your backup plan must be low-key and not apparent to others. The important thing is to keep your partner from prying eyes, make him or her feel safe, and maybe, just go home.
Do Not Speak About Your Partner’s Anxiety Unless You Have Permission.
Do not discuss the condition to anyone unless you are allowed to do it. Anxiety is a mental disorder and people have different perceptions when it comes to this topic. It is better not to discuss your partner’s issues, especially to other people.
Sometimes, You Will Be The Trigger. Do Not Take This Personally.
Since you two are living in the same household, there is a great chance that you will be the cause of his trigger. Instead of taking this negatively and riding with the situation, it is best that you calm down. Times like this, it is the anxiety talking, not your partner. Let it go. “Even in the most loving relationships,” Carolyn Daitch, PhD says, “if one partner has anxiety, it can really strain the relationship and dampen the trust and the intimacy, and it can make for frustration when neither gets their needs met.”
Managing Anxiety Takes Time And Practice. Your Patience Is Much Appreciated.
The anxiety treatment process goes a long way. Therefore you have to support and assist your partner through the whole journey patiently.
Never Forget That Your Partner Loves You.
Despite everything, make sure that your partner will feel your warmth and love. This will assure him that no matter what, he has someone to turn to especially when the situation gets tough.
Successful anxiety condition treatment has to do with the support of the affected person’s significant other, immediate family, and real friends. These people do not need other’s persecution; they need understanding and compassion. And as a significant other, it is your initial job to provide that for your partner.