Caring for a Loved One suffering from Anxiety

People suffering from Anxiety tend to shut out everyone else from their life but the reality is that it is during these times when they actually need other people’s support. This can be very challenging for family members, friends and partners since unlike physiological diseases which target the body, anxiety is a mental disorder that stems from inside and is manifested through behaviour. Anxiety, like all other mental disorders, poses a threat to relationships since it targets the psychological and emotional well-being of a person and ultimately affects physical health in the long run.

  1. Understanding Anxiety

The first step in helping a loved one who is suffering from anxiety disorder is to gather as much information about the condition as we can.  Basically, anxiety can range from the normal stress reaction to the more severe anxiety disorder. The usual form of anxiety is experienced during times of pressure that causes worrying and fear. When this occurs without any reason and cripples the person, it gets evolved into a much serious form of anxiety. Anxiety disorder can come in many forms such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and social anxiety disorder among others. It is important to know which category the patient falls so as to know which proper care is applicable

2. Be Present

Anxiety could come with depression and the person could end up sulking in the room to avoid any form of interaction. Always do your best to let the person suffering from anxiety know that you are around whenever he or she needs you. Be prepared to listen to what the person has to say about what he or she is going through. Sometimes, just the presence of someone can help a person feel that he or she is not alone in facing this problem.

 3. Be Extra Patient

You will need plenty of patience when dealing with people with anxiety for variety of reasons. Be patient in handling the sudden and extreme shift of behaviour. Persons with anxiety are more vulnerable and sensitive so you really need to be very careful when dealing with them. You need to face the truth that improvement in anxiety comes slowly and overcoming any type of anxiety takes time.

 4. Be Stronger For Them

To act as a support, one needs to present himself stronger for the sufferer. Don’t let anxiety affect you and be hopeful always. Blaming yourself or anyone else for this condition does not help anyway, in fact make it worse!

 5. Appreciate Even the Smallest Improvement

Learn to identify any improvement and to always point it out to the person. This way, he or she can magnify these improvements and can divert his focus away from the illness. This also drives more hope that no matter how small and how long it takes, there truly is an improvement and full recovery is at hand. A good way to celebrate these improvements is to have some fun activities either indoors or outdoors.

Anxiety treatment goes a long way and is not restricted to the hospital; rather it extends to the home and the community. A person suffering from anxiety will need every help and support he or she can get from anybody.

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