Does your partner suffer from fear, anxiety or depression and you don’t know what to do? It can be frustrating to watch someone you love suffer and not be able to help them. Here are 6 ways to help your partner cope in these kinds of situations and the best way to deal with anxiety.
By Stan Popovich
1. Learn as much as you can about managing anxiety and depression.
There are many books and resources that will help educate you on anxiety and depression to further understand what your partner is experiencing. Share what you learn with your partner to validate your understanding of their experience.
2. Be understanding and patient.
Dealing with depression and anxiety can be difficult; avoid arguments and other things that could make things more difficult for your partner.
3. Talk to your partner, not at them.
It is important not to lecture anyone who is struggling with anxiety and depression. Talk to your partner about their issues without being rude or presumptive. Most people will listen if you approach them with respect and empathy.
4. Seek help from a professonal.
Create an open environment and listen to the needs of your partner. However, understand your limitations. Consider seeking help from a professional who can better help your partner with their mental health struggles. A counselor can give you advice and skills to overcome anxiety, fear, and depression. Getting help from a professional is the number one priority when helping your loved one deal with fear and anxiety. Joining a local mental health support group may also be beneficial. Talk to your primary care physician or visit psychologytoday.com to get more information about professionals and resources in your area.
5. Help your partner overcome their objections to seeking help.
Acknowledge why your partner is resistant to seeking professional help. Many people who are struggling are fearful and frustrated. Work to find out the reasons why he or she won’t seek the help they need and then try to find ways to overcome them.
6. Set clear expectations for a partner who refuses to seek help.
Anxiety and depression usually won’t go away without some kind of treatment or guidance. One way to convince your partner to seek the help they need is to set clear boundaries.