I give credit to partners, family members, friends, etc. who want to be active players in a loved one’s treatment. Here are questions I often get from said individuals:
“How can I be supportive?“- there are many ways! “Support” is not a “one-size-fits all” approach.
“Am I a jerk for not understanding my partner’s anxiety?“- anxiety is not always logical and we need to validate the myriad of ways in which anxiety presents itself and manifests!
“Does anxiety disappear?” – remember, a little bit of anxiety is normal and healthy (it’s the biological mechanism that keeps us safe and alive..) so to “rid” of it completely would not be helpful! Rather, it is helpful to learn how to tolerate discomfort and manage anxious feelings and thoughts.
The following article is well written in describing how to be a supportive player when their loved one is anxious.
Living with anxiety can be tough – your thoughts might race, you might dread tasks others find simple (like driving to work) and your worries might feel inescapable. But loving someone with anxiety can be hard too. You might feel powerless to help or overwhelmed by how your partner’s feelings affect your daily life.