How Do I Support My Loved One With Anxiety?

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Anxiety disorders can range in the way they present themselves. Living with a loved one who has anxiety could mean panic, anxiety, phobias, post traumatic stress, and even obsessive compulsive disorder. Having anxiety for your loved one means having to learn to use specific tools for managing their thoughts, feelings, and tension in their body. Anxiety is more than worrying- it affects someone’s entire being, mind, body, and spirit. Loving and supporting your loved one with anxiety means understanding anxiety on all three levels and how to help your loved one help themselves during an anxious time.

Come To Know Their Anxiety

First, do your research on anxiety in general. Learn about the way anxiety works in the brain and affects the entire body. Some signs of oncoming anxiety might be less obvious than others. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to support them in a loving and helpful way without enabling any maladaptive behaviors. Second, come to know your loved one’s anxiety specifically. What are their anxiety triggers? How does their anxiety manifest? Where do they feel their anxiety in their body?

Respect Their Need To Be Alone

Taking someone else’s mental health condition personally is a recipe for pain and suffering on your part. Your loved one is working hard to find the ways they need to take care of themselves through less anxious moments and very anxious moments. If one of those moments means they need to be alone to regroup, respect that space. However, too much isolation could be a sign of more trouble. Trust your instincts and gauge the situations individually.

Emphasize Ongoing Treatment

Going to a treatment center to manage anxiety issues isn’t the sign of something extreme. It means your loved one needs extra help learning how to live their life in a safe, happy, and healthy way. After the treatment process, ongoing therapy is helpful for them to continue investigating their anxiety and learning how to use tools to cope. You’re not their therapist or counselor. When someone comes home, it isn’t your job to treat them.

 

The path to recovery from anxiety disorders can be dark and confusing without help. Let Aurora Recovery Center light the way. Our residential treatment programs and other levels of care treat anxiety mind, body, and spirit. Call us today for more information at 844-515-STOP.

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