3 Questions To Help Your Partner Understand Your Anxiety Better

June 28, 2018

“Every Warrior Was Once A Worrier.”

Living a life by coping with anxiety can be quite a challenging task. The presence of a supportive partner who can help you with the transformation process with anxiety is a great asset. However, not many of us are aware of anxiety or other emotional/mental health conditions.

Most of us see mental and emotional challenges like anxiety as a social stigma and something that affects just the weak minded.

Therefore it’s important for sufferers to begin regular discussions with their partners about stress, anxiety, and other mental ailments that may be afflicting them. Below are 3 questions that anxiety sufferers can ask their partners to get to know their anxiety or stress better.

1) Do you know the difference between stress and anxiety?

Most of us tend to use the word ‘anxiety’ to describe a feeling of being stressed or worried. However, anxiety and stress are very different and a diagnosis of true anxiety has much deeper implications than stress. Therefore it’s vital for sufferers to discuss how it can be misleading to use the term anxiety to refer to stress and worrying (here’s how stress affects your bodily functions).

Feeling stressed out or troubled is not the same as being riddled with anxiety. It’s also important to note that anxiety disorders are not just slightly more challenging forms of stress. 

Helping your partner understand the difference between anxiety and stress/worry is therefore extremely important. It will prevent your partner from trivializing your anxiety and prepare him/her to be able to offer all the CBT based help required to get you to a better place in your life.

2) How much do you know about anxiety?

One of the primary things that partners of anxiety sufferers need to know is the fact that anxiety must be taken as seriously as a physical ailment, and the core beliefs relating to anxiety can be changed. Anxiety, stress, and most other emotional and mental conditions can be altered through the understanding of what has worked for others in the past.

Anxiety disorders are fairly common in the US and the rest of the modern world. It is the most common mental disorder in America, but only one-third of sufferers seek treatment for it. Therefore, it’s important for your partner to know that the first step towards recovery is acknowledging the presence of anxiety.

Once the presence of anxiety is acknowledged and accepted, both the sufferer and his/her partner can get to know more about the disorder through their mentor, coach, or therapist.

3) How do you think one can heal from anxiety? 

Anxiety is a pervasive condition and can have a severely debilitating effects on life if left untreated. In extreme instances, sufferers may stop all forms of communication with others and stay isolated in their house with depersonalization and derealization feelings.

Therefore it’s vital that an anxiety sufferers partner stops brushing off the challenges their partner may be facing, and begin getting knowledgable about the condition. This YouTube channel will get you caught up on what you need to know, in turn you’ll be able to provide the type of guidance that will help your partner tremendously on their road to recovery from anxiety.

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2 comments on “3 Questions To Help Your Partner Understand Your Anxiety Better

  1. Darrell Jun 28, 2018

    My partner struggled to understand my anxiety agoraphobia the first couple of years i tried to say i need emotional support the same as a child or a pensioner would when distressed but she felt as though she was mothering me i tried to explain that she hates cockroaches imagine trying to get in a bath full of them and you had to stay until your fear was gone still she didnt fully understand i taught her grounding techniques and mindfull exercises and CBT i explained it needs to be worked on daily still nothing happened i was feeling let down neglected frustraited it wasnt until i found out she suffered from depression and disassociation and we talk properly in detail our feelings and got in to routines that things started to change there is very little help in the UK lots small charitys that offer awareness but no on going support she was to reliant on help from others when in fact all we needed was to be strong together progress is slow but one step leads to 1000 miles we are warriors and dennis youve been a big inspiration