Did you know that in the United States alone about 18 percent of people over the age of eighteen have anxiety? That ends up being about 40 million people. And if you’ve ever suffered from, or have a loved one who’s suffered from an anxiety disorder, you know just how debilitating it can be.
If you have never had anxiety, you may not understand what people who do suffer from it go through on a daily basis. Anxiety can affect every aspect of someone’s life, and treatment doesn’t totally eliminate the symptoms, in some cases.
So, if your partner is suffering from anxiety, you should probably know these four things:
1. They suffer physically, mentally, and emotionally
While the brain and how it processes information is largely affected by anxiety, it also has an effect on the emotional and physical aspects of life.
Always try to be aware of how your partner is feeling so you can see things from their perspective. Headaches, cold sweats, a flushed face, insomnia, and stiff muscles are just a few things to be on the lookout for.a
2. They can get tired easily
Anxiety is exhausting. It seems like the only people that understand how tiring it really can be is people with anxiety themselves. Anxiety causes people to live in hyper-tense states. They are always on alert, their mind is very rarely settled, and their body is always ready to fight or flight. With the hypertension comes fatigue. Situations that people without anxiety can just breeze through are more tiring for those with anxiety.
Ever had a stressful work week, where every day you woke up thinking “wow, I really hope I get a break soon”? That’s an anxious person’s every day, and it’s tiring. Remember that next time you’re pushing someone with anxiety to be more ‘productive.’
3. Τhey aren’t negative.
It might seem as if your anxious loved one is a pessimist or a downer as they are constantly thinking about the worst possible outcome of a situation, but they aren’t.They don’t mean to focus on the bad things that can happen, it’s just part of being anxious. Underneath the anxious and the what ifs is someone who is extremely grateful and actually pretty optimistic.
4. They can’t just stop it.
When someone is in the hyper-tense state there’s nothing that they would like more than to just say some magic words and stop the physical and emotional demands that anxiety makes on them. But it doesn’t work like that. They’ve had to develop their own ways to cope: deep breaths, doing something active, or sitting quietly by themselves.
Source: Truth Code