Living with Someone Who Has an Anxiety Disorder

Signs and Symptoms

People with anxiety disorders have difficulty with every day activities.  Signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder are very similar to regular anxiety that anyone can experience but to a greater extent. This includes a racing heart, a dry mouth and sweating. The feeling of dizziness and nausea are threatening to overwhelm you and you can’t catch your breath. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed if the person’s response is not appropriate for the situation.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

  • Panic Disorder is a serious condition that strikes without reason or warning
  • Phobias are an unreasonable fear caused by the presence or thought of a specific object or situation that usually poses little or no actual danger
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by a preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can develop following a traumatic and/or terrifying event, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, or a natural disaster.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder is excessive worrying about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry. People with generalized anxiety disorder tend to expect the worst.

AnxietyWhat to do to help a loved one with anxiety

  • Spend time talking about their experiences
  • Let them know you’ve noticed a change in their behaviour/ emotions/ feeling
  • Encourage them to seek support
  • Talk openly about their feelings
  • Encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, sleep and eating well

If you are someone who know is battling anxiety, please feel free to contact me.

For more information visit: http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-anxiety-disorders

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